Dancing Ordinance Repealed

Dancing Ordinance Removed
Dancing supporter Eddy Thomas was interviewed by media prior to Tuesday night’s city council meeting about her hopes to abolish the ordinance. News channels 2, 8 and 23 were all represented at the meeting.
(Photo by ASHLEY WOLSTONCROFT)
By ASHLEY WOLSTONCROFT
Free-Lance Editor
 
It’s time to “cut loose!”
Henryetta City Ordinances 9-404 through 9-414 were officially repealed Tuesday night.
Included in the nearly 40 year old ordinance was the stipulation that dancing is illegal within 500 feet of a church or public school, a law that recently caused Joni Insabella to cancel her Rosie LaVon’s Marketplace Valentine dance.
The decision to abolish the law was made at the regularly scheduled Henryetta City Council meeting.
Several major news stations were present at the standing room only meeting to await the council’s decision.
Councilwoman Janna Duggan made the motion, Councilwoman Christy Jeffcoat seconded it, and the motion carried with no opposition from other council members.
“Dancing is now legal in Henryetta!” Mayor Jennifer Clason said.
Citizens who were in attendance cheered and celebrated following the decision.
“We are beyond excited. Our event center can now be rented without worrying about the ordinance. It opens up possibilities and potential revenue for us,” Insabella said. “We are so happy all the council members were in agreement to abolish it.”
Insabella said she plans to dance at Rosie LaVon’s sold-out Elvis Tribute on Saturday night, and she hopes to host another event at her event center next month.
Dance supporter Eddy Thomas said she also hopes to see more dancing in Henryetta. Thomas attended and assisted with the “flash mob” dance that occurred earlier this month to show support of dancing in Henryetta.
“What does dancing hurt anybody?” she said. “When we had the little dance on the street all the kids had so much fun. There was no liquor, nobody making money and there wasn’t any brawling going on. People were just laughing and having a good time, kids love it and I think we need to have more of that.”
One idea includes a regularly scheduled event.
“I’d like to see if we could use the skatepark and have a free dance in the evening once a month for kids and all ages,” Thomas suggested. “I’m so happy they passed it [the agenda item].”