Lose, your blues: Town tosses ‘Footloose’ anti-dancing law

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NEW YORK – JULY 7 A couples feet dance to tango music at a weekly summer tango dance July 7, 2002 at South Street Seaport in New York City. Although the tango has come to epitomize glamour and elegance, it was originated in the brothels of turn-of-the-century Argentina. Today there are tango societies around the […]

A western Arkansas city has a message for residents: Kick off the Sunday shoes.

Fort Smith city directors recently repealed a 1953 ordinance that essentially outlawed public dancing on Sundays.

City Director Andre Good introduced the repeal after a resident told him about the so-called “Footloose” ordinance, nicknamed for the 1984 movie starring Kevin Bacon about a town that banned dancing and rock music.

The ordinance outlawed the operation of public dance halls or any place with dancing on Sundays. The law’s emergency clause said public dancing on the day “greatly endangers the public health, safety and welfare.”

A city spokeswoman says no one’s been arrested or ticketed in two decades for cutting loose on Sundays. Even so, Good says, the city shouldn’t be able to impose “some outdated, outmoded morality code.”

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