Traditions of Music
Lake Robbins is a historic ballroom that opened on November 11, 1931 in Woodward, Iowa. Throughout its 90-year history, the ballroom has hosted a number of bands and celebrities, including Ronald Reagan, Glenn Miller, Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, and a multitude of others. The Ballroom was inducted into the Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.
Mr. Riley Robbins constructed the ballroom beginning in 1929 next to a manmade lake, which was fed by a small creek. Although a drought in 1936 dried up the lake that gave the ballroom its name, its initial splendor continues today, and Lake Robbins is one of the few ballrooms in Iowa with the original floor still in use.
In order to keep Lake Robbins going for another 90 years, the support of many people is needed. By attending events with family and friends, dancers and musicians allow the ballroom to continue offering a unique experience and will extend the tradition music and dance into the 21st century.