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Alvin Coles index, 2021-06-02

Identifier: dcpl_dcohc045_01_ind.pdf

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  • Creation: 2021-06-02

Biographical / Historical

Alvin 'AC' Coles was born and raised in Washington, D.C. He is a product of the DC Public Schools system. Coles was a co-owner of The Eclipse for approximately 10 years. He became a partner after he was asked by the owners to join the management team in the founding of this hand dance venue.


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Alvin Coles' story highlights the ways in which dance venues supported hand dance for their patrons. He especially addresses how The Eclipse evolved from a travel groups' clubhouse to a club for hand dancers. As a hand dancer, and a former club owner, Coles speaks to how hand dance venues provided entertainment and opportunities for dancers to socialize.

Repository Details

Part of the The People's Archive, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library Repository

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