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Byline: Linda Goldston
Apr. 13--The smiles are the tip-off.
All around the second-floor ballroom, couples are grinning as they swirl in three-quarter time. One, two, three -- one, two, three. Young with old, fat with thin, pretty with plain -- and variations of all of those. It doesn't seem to matter.
What draws them is the fun of Friday Night Waltz.
"Our motto is: 'a social event for people who enjoy waltzing,"' said Scott Gamble of Palo Alto, one of the founders of Friday Night Waltz, who is a computer consultant when he isn't on a ballroom floor. "Many of the young people who come are tired of rock and roll and hip hop."
Every Friday night for the past five years, 130 to 190 people have gathered in Palo Alto, Alameda or San Francisco to waltz and polka, tango and cha-cha, swing and salsa, with some other steps mixed in. The average age is 30.
"Many dancers are …