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  • 301 Ashworth Road | West Des Moines , IA 50265
  • Presented By: Val Air Ballroom
  • Dates: July 12, 2019
  • Location: Val Air Ballroom
  • Phone: (515) 745-8066
  • Start/End Time: 9:00 PM
  • Event Times: Doors open 9pm
  • Price: $45 and up
  • Overview

    The Val Air Ballroom opened June, 1939 - the builder & operated was Tom Archer who arrived in Des Moines in 1936. Archer (1895-1963) was a pioneer in the ballroom business. 

    The Val Air was truly an open-air ballroom, a perfect example of the concept. All on one level, with a roof only over the hardwood dance floor, the stage & service areas such as the checkroom, bars & restrooms. All the rest was covered by big 'drop' sides which were lowered to keep out rain, but were raised for summer evenings of dancing & entertainment. At the west end of the maple dance floor was a polished concrete dance floor which enabled everyone to 'dance under the stars.' Everyone could begin dancing on the 8,000 square foot hardwood dance floor & swing right outside on the concrete dance floor.