Located on the corner of 166th and Western Avenue, the Gardena Dance Studio has long been an icon etched in our memories, as we drove by its brick structure countless times. Its lacey curtains drew murder mysteries to mind, while the shadows of ladies dancing odori and the twirling couples dances round and round. My grandma Lilly was a regular dancer here, frequently it a few times of week.
This building once was Gardena's Courthouse.
Here is the entrance. Please park in the alley parking lot or find street parking.
Here is David Shingo, teacher of ballroom dancing and a dear friend to Lilly Takaki.