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Wanted: Dance spot for teens

Dear Editor:I am 16 and a student attending Basalt High. My friends and I love to go out and dance, but, in this valley, there is no real place for teenagers to safely dance and hang out. This is the intended purpose of school dances, however, as of this year, we no longer have this privilege. Some of the students at my high school have abused this freedom and we do not have them anymore. This was truly unfair because it was a small group that caused this.My friends and I really enjoyed these dances and decided we should look for other places where we would be able to dance. We found there really was no place for our age group to do something like this. We began going to Jimmy’s in Aspen for its weekly salsa night. However, our parents are concerned because there is such an older crowd present and it’s in a bar-type atmosphere.The Belly Up is also another place allowing people our age. However, it often has too mature of a crowd, or the events start too late for the schedule of full-time students. I was ecstatic when I heard there was a possibility of a place that would offer dancing in a setting appropriate for teens and young adults. I was informed it would have similar salsa nights and lessons available. I think there is a great market in this valley for this type of place and I hope you will keep my request in mind when deliberating this subject. Thank you for your time and consideration.Anne Marie BielinskiBasalt

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