Cheri McIlhenny, Marianne Serros, Terry Purpura, and Joe Hair enjoy dancing and fun as they practice their social graces learned from Pounds Studio. Photo courtesy of Pounds Studio Archives.
ABOVE: Pounds Studio Annual Spring Formal at Orlando Country Club (shown here), May 10, 1954. The young couples pictured dancing are: Mary Jane Strain and Garry Hamlett, Bonnie Robinson and Johnny McKnight, Scarlet Gaston and Stanley Rees, Carol Erickson and Hardy Sullivan, Jr.
Generations of Orlandoans learned dance and manners from Ruth Pounds and her daughter, Peggy Jo van den Berg. Ruth Pounds started teaching dance in Orlando in 1934 from her home at a charge of 25 cents a pupil. She would later have a studio at 2809 Edgewater Drive in College Park where her daughter Peggy Jo joined her as teacher continuing the Pounds legacy.