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BALLROOM DANCING RETURNS TO HISTORIC BOTSFORD INN

 FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich., March 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Ballroom dancing has returned to the historic Botsford Inn in Farmington Hills, where Henry Ford I and wife Clara often danced through the evening.
 Traditional ballroom dancing to live Big Band sounds will be heard starting at 8 p.m. every Wednesday, beginning March 31, at the Botsford Inn, 2800 Grand River at Eight Mile Road in Farmington Hills.
 Anyone attending the weekly dances will have the unique opportunity to dance in the same ballroom where Henry Ford I met wife Clara Bryant and dance on the only Spring Board Dance Floor in the area. The dance floor was designed by Ford himself, when the auto maker owned the Botsford Inn. When Ford purchased the Botsford Inn in the 1920s, among the many improvements he ordered was a new dance floor which he designed with disk washer-like devices at strategic locations along the floor joists so the floorboard would "spring" beneath the feet of dancers. The movement, although slight, is sufficient to prevent the legs and feet of dancers from tiring after two or three hours on the dance floor.
 Ford not only ordered the dance floor to be constructed to achieve maximum comfort, but provided for excellent acoustics in the ballroom, both because of his great love of dancing. The ballroom pretty much has been left in the condition as when it was first built for Ford, except for the introduction of air conditioning.
 Dance lovers today can rediscover those pleasures each Wednesday from 8-11 p.m. Admission is only $4 per person and for the novice or non-dancer, private dance lessons will be given for only $2 per person from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. The dance instructor, Nora Nader, is a former Arthur Murray teacher who now instructs dance for international competition. Dances will include the fox trot, tango, samba, rumba, mambo, waltz, polka and cha-cha.
 Music will be provided by the area's top bands who are being lined up by event coordinators Jack Ennis of Livonia, Jim McNabb of Inkster, and Joe Thorton of Livonia. This trio of golfing buddies who discovered the joy of dancing have formed a group for the preservation of ballroom dancing and hope to find allies each Wednesday night at the Botsford.
 "This will be a great place for singles and couples of all ages to meet new friends and old friends, have a great time dancing, and enjoy the quaint atmosphere of this historic inn," said Ennis. Any more, most dance floors are a tile surface. This wooden, spring-type dance floor is a novelty all dancers will want to experience. This is really a dancer's dream."
 When the old Botsford Inn was threatened by road improvements in the 1920s, Henry Ford acquired the Botsford, which at that time was the site of local square dances and Ford's favorite inn. Ford moved the structure 300 feet back from the roadway, refurnished the rooms, and ordered several restoration projects, including the new ballroom floor. Ford operated the Botsford Inn until his death in 1947, and four years later, it was purchased by John Nicholson Anhut, father of the present owner and innkeeper, John Anhut.
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 /CONTACT: Creon D. Smith of the Botsford Inn, 313-474-4800/


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