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'Dancing on Orient Express' is theme of fifth annual Ragtime Ball

STANFORD -- "Dancing on the Orient Express" is the theme of the fifth annual Stanford Ragtime Ball, set for Saturday, Nov. 6, in the Roble Dance Studio on Santa Teresa Street.

Friends of Dance at Stanford and the Dance Preservation Society are sponsoring the elegant evening of vintage music and dance.

The Paul Price Society Orchestra will play waltzes, tangos, rags, jazz and blues as the train travels from Paris to Vienna to Constantinople.

The Stanford Vintage Dance Ensemble will perform a ragtime exhibition and Four Man Suite will provide barbershop quartet harmonies.

As part of first-class passage on the Orient Express, dancers - and non-dancers - will be given expert instruction in the latest dance crazes of the ragtime and jazz eras, such as tango, one- step and the original fox-trot.

Lessons by renowned vintage dance instructor Richard Powers will begin at 8 p.m., with dancing and entertainments beginning at 9. The train will reach its destination at midnight.

Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door and $10 for students. Send checks to Friends of Dance at Stanford, 375 Santa Teresa St., Stanford 94305, or call (415) 723-1234 for further information.



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