Historic Markers Across Florida

The Dance Pavilion

Marker ID:  
Location: Virginia Key Beach Park, Virginia Beach Dr, Key Biscayne, FL
County: Miami-Dade
Coordinates: N 25° 44.113    W 080° 09.378
  25.73521666    -80.1563
Style: Interpretative Sign **
Waymark: WMXX1Y


Historical Marker #2
The Dance Pavilion

A 1918 map located a "Negro Dance Pavillon" on Virginia Key. When Virginia Key Beach Park opened in 1945, a concrete dance floor was included on this site. Beach visitors danced the Lindy Hop, Foxtrot, Twist, Monkey, Mash Potato, Robot, and Hustle to the popular hits of the day. Local radio stations held live Saturday broadcasts and hosted dance contests here, too.

This project has been financed in part with historic preservation assistance provided by Bureau of Historic Preservation, Division of Historical Resources, Florida Department of State, assisted by the Florida Historical Commission.

Virginia Key Beach Park