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The city of Henryetta, Oklahoma is holding out for a hero. A Valentine’s Day dance was canceled all because one 1979 ordinance bans dancing in certain parts of the city—a law reminiscent of the dancing ban in the 1984 film “Footloose.”

According to ABC News, the ordinance states that dancing is not permitted within 500 feet of a church. The venue that was meant to host Valentine’s Day sweethearts is a mere 300 feet from a local church. The dance would have been considered illegal had the organizers moved forward with their plans.

NewsOn6 reports that the owners of Rosie LaVon’s Marketplace, the intended venue, didn’t even consider the ordinance when planning the dance that was meant to give back to the community. “There are dances in town,” Joni Insabella said. “They have the prom here, they have all kinds of dances here. They have weddings and people dance. No one had ever complained.”

Insabella, whose husband is the city’s attorney, called the local resident who complained about enforcing the 38-year-old ordinance a “party pooper.” The city’s police chief said the ordinance has never been enforced and he doesn’t intend to start now. Insabella hopes to schedule another Elvis-themed dance, assuming the ordinance is lifted.

The city council is set to vote on whether the ordinance should be abolished in a Feb. 22 meeting. Someone might want to get Kevin Bacon to that meeting, Bible passages about dancing at the ready.

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