Henryetta Dance Canceled Due To 38-Year-Old City Ordinance - NewsOn6.com - Tulsa, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports - KOTV.com |


Henryetta Dance Canceled Due To 38-Year-Old City Ordinance

Posted: Updated:
HENRYETTA, Oklahoma -

Plans for a sweetheart dance have turned sour in Henryetta, all because of a 1979 ordinance.

Now, community members have to put their dancing shoes on the shelf.

It might sound old school, but the ordinance actually makes dancing illegal in certain places of the city.

Now, community members are at odds over whether this law should even be on the books.

You wouldn't be able to tell now but less than a year ago Rosie Lavan's Marketplace was an abandoned building in downtown Henryetta

Owners Shelly Riveria and Joni Insabella brought the joint back to life and after a few very successful months of business, decided to give back to the community.

"There used to be a teen town, many, many years ago, for teenagers and so we thought maybe we should bring that back and create an adult teen town," said Joni Isabella.

The plan was to use the second story of the building and have a Valentine's Day Dance. 

"It would give the community a place to take their sweetheart or come to Rosie Lavon's and find a sweetheart," Insabella said. 

So, the owners made a flyer. 

"We thought it was a great idea, most of the people we talked to thought it was a great idea," Insabella said. 

And they posted it to Facebook. 

"They were kind enough to share our invitation on the Henryetta chamber of commerce page and that's when it kind of turned ugly for us," Insabella said. 

She's talking about an ordinance written in 1979 that says it is illegal to dance within 500 feet of a church or building. 

And right across the street from Rosie's is Henryetta's Church of Christ.

But Insabella said the ordinance wasn't even on her mind when she created the event.

"There are dances in town. They have the prom here, they have all kinds of dances here. They have weddings and people dance. No one had ever complained."

The event caused so much debate that Insabella said she decided it was better to cancel the dance but she wants the community to know

"We are law abiding we are not law breakers. We just wanna dance, that's it," Insabella said. 

Henryetta's mayor said city leaders will decide whether to keep or abolish the ordinance on February 21. 

Special Features

Live Traffic

Get the latest road conditions on Green Country roadways.

iPhone App

Get breaking news, weather, sports & video directly on your iPhone.

CBS Shows

Watch your favorite CBS shows for free online.


Looking for a website or event you heard mentioned on News On 6? Find it here!

TV Schedule

Need to know what's on TV? Check out our television schedule.

Live Radar

WARN Interactive

Special Coverage

  • Bridge Tracker

    How safe are Oklahoma's bridges? Use Bridge Tracker to find out now.

  • Fallen Heroes

    News On 6 honors our fallen Oklahoma heroes. View our interactive timeline.

  • Murrah Bombing Timeline

    Learn more about the events leading up to and following the bombing.

  • Storm Zone

    Watch tornadoes tear across Oklahoma and learn how to stay safe!

Powered by Frankly
News On 6
303 N. Boston Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74103
Newson6.com is proud to provide Oklahomans with timely and relevant news and information, sharing the stories, pictures and loves of Oklahomans across our great state.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 KOTV. Oklahoma Traveler™ is a registered trademark of Griffin Communications. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.