On hand for the presentation are Council person Mary Pat Clarke, Marsha Turner, Brenda Maple, Frank Ross, Frances Thomas, Anthony Jones, Leslie Mallory, Lewis Neal, Council President Bernard “Jack” Young, Linda Allen, and Al Johnson.

Baltimore City Council presented a resolution to Lewis Neal and a few other representatives of the Hand Dance community, Dec. 4, declaring Hand Dancing and the Fred Astaire as the Official Dances of Baltimore City.

Frank Ross, a noted dance historian, was also present for the proclamation and that wasn’t all. The celebration continued well into the evening at the Forest Park Senior Center on Liberty Heights Avenue.