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ANDERSON SISTERS SCHOOL OF DANCE RETROSPECTIVE: THE UNIQUE IMPACT OF ONE FAMILY ON THE CULTURE & SOCIOLOGY OF THE RICHMOND DISTRICT

History buffs, school alumni, dance and performing arts aficionados and fans, please join us for this special one time event. View never before seen historical images and videos. Celebrate with Richmond District notables. Light refreshments and live music.

Honorary Host Committee: Sandra Lee Fewer, Eric Mar, Jake McGoldrick, Mark Leno, Brian Copeland, Jack Hanson, John Rothmann, John Trasvina, Kevin Pursglove, Lee Houskeeper, Marissa Israel, Paul Cheng, Perry Simon, and Will Durst

Host Committee: Jack Anderson, Edwin Anderson, Aimee Ellis, Pam Rand, Billy Philadelphia & Meg Mackay, The Butch Mainaris Family, Jean Mainaris Marshall, Cherie Taylor, Debbie Berston, Judy Berston, Manny Berston, Susan Berston, Ed Fineman, Gloria Reyes Hyland, Helen Israel, Jaime Sevilla, Alice and Mary Sevilla, Janice Wright Gydesen, Joanie Ciardelli, Richard Kehoe, Lee Sankowich, Linda Runne Wilson, Manny Berston, Marilyn Goodman, Nancy Roth Field, Peter Mintun, Scrumbly Koldewyn, Sue Berston, Veronica Hunnicutt, and Woody LaBounty.

This event was made possible thanks to the tremendous support of the Western Neighborhoods Project and dedicated volunteers.

The Anderson Sisters School of Dance was a Richmond District institution founded in 1935. The school closed its doors 69 years later, when Miss Jean Anderson passed away. The school, located at 276 6th Avenue, operated by Mrs. Irene Anderson and her two daughters Lenore and Jean. Son, Jack Anderson actively performed in shows since the age of 2 years old and became an instructor at age 13.

The studio trained students as young as two and seniors who were still tap dancing up to 90 years old. Training generations of San Franciscans, the school was the first racially integrated dance school in the Richmond District. The school participated in an annual citywide youth pageant, May Day Festival, Kezar Stadium, and an annual Christmas show for disadvantaged youth at Norse Auditorium. The studio was a mainstay in the annual Clement Street Merchants Halloween parade. Irene felt no one should be deprived due to lack of funds of an experience in the arts. For many years, the cost of a class lesson was 50 cents and a private lesson $1.50!

The Anderson Sisters School of Dance provided entertainment on stage at San Francisco's traditional Golden Gate Park Bandstand Concerts under the direction of Concert Master Ralph Murray. Dancers that trained with the Andersons presented a major variety show at the Hall of the Western States at the 1939-1940 World’s Fair on Treasure Island. Later, forming a USO troupe providing entertainment for American servicemen during WW2.



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