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photos of abandoned ballrooms

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Before the fall of the Berlin Wall, spending weekends at the local ballroom was a tradition for East Germans. Life under a dictatorship was harsh, but dancing and partying in the grand old spaces was one way to forget about their troubles. Of course, everything changed after 1989, and gradually, the village halls began to decay. Though many of the ballrooms have since been abandoned, photographer Francis Meslet managed to sneak into about 30, capturing a sliver of their former glory.