WARREN, NJ - Anne LaHoff, a former dance teacher who once danced with Fred Astaire, celebrated her 101st birthday at The Chelsea at Warren, 274 King George Road, surrounded by friends and family, on Wednesday, August 16.
Warren Mayor Carolann Garafola read a proclamation honoring LaHoff and naming August 16 Ann LaHoff day in Warren.
LaHoff, who was born in Jersey City and later moved to North Arlington, was a career employee of RCA in Harrison where she supervised the manufacture of vacuum tubes.
The highlight of her second career as a ballroom dance instructor came in 1949 when she won the Viennese Waltz portion of the Harvest Moon Dance competition in New York. The prize was a dance with legendary performer Fred Astaire.
“Fred Astaire was a good dancer,” recalled LaHoff, “but not as good as my husband.”
LaHoff was joined at her Chelsea birthday party by her many Chelsea friends, her nephew Michael Miller of Oradell and his wife Elaine.
1. Ann LaHoff with Mayor Carolann Garafola
2. Group photo with Ann, Mayor Garafola, Mayor’s aide Jodi Hadam, Michael Miller and wife Elaine Miller (far left)
3. Mrs. LaHoff demonstrates a dance step with nephew Michael Miller
4. Mrs. Lahoff with cake and card