Daily Archives: February 23, 2017

Let’s Dance Like It’s 1984!

Don’t adjust your eyes, this is a real story from the city of Henryetta, Oklahoma.

“City leaders voted Tuesday to abolish an ordinance on dancing, the Tulsa World reported. The dance ordinance, with a penalty of $25, prohibited dance halls within 500 feet of a church or public school.”
–Associated Press, February 23, 2017

We all know and love Footloose, the 1984 B-movie that featured the premise of a small country town that had banned rock music and dancing. Again, that was the plot for a movie. A movie. To my surprise, and likely the surprise to any individual who discovered this news today, the ordinance in Henryetta, Oklahoma was a real thing…in the year 2017. Thankfully, the city’s leaders voted to rid their town of this nonsensical ordinance.

So, what now?

Perhaps a dance today, a Thursday, is necessary…maybe of the throwback variety?

If high school kids (and adults) of Henryetta, Oklahoma aren’t dancing to “Footloose” by Kenny Loggins tonight and this weekend, I think we’ll all cry a little.

People of Henryetta, you know what to do with those Sunday shoes.

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