Friday, April 5, 2013

Community Marches to Protest Ban of Dancing Man

Every community seems to have their own legends.  One of ours is "The Dancing Man."  A name given to a local citizen, he dances all over town in remembrance of his late wife.  As the story goes, he promised his wife before she died that he'd dance for her every day in remembrance of her.  It's been a few years now and most anyone that's been in our town has had a chance encounter with The Dancing Man. 

During the winter months, he gets his groove on at the local mall.  He may not have the best of mojo or moves but he's entertaining to watch.  Donning a walkman with headphones, he'll make hand gestures or do a few sidesteps, along with some other sways I'm guessing aren't considered real dance moves.  Most people who see him will nod their head and walk on by.  He's been doing it for so long that hardly anyone gives him nary a glance.
Most recently, The Dancing Man was requested to stop dancing at the mall because he allegedly knocked into a child.  Once word got out that he was no longer allowed to dance there, all hell broke loose.  The majority of people had the same sentiments "Let Him Dance".  The mall's stance was that it was a liability issue and the mall is on private property so they can do what they want.  The heated debate went on for a few days, most of them being comments that the mall will be losing out on a lot more than a Dancing Man.
Last Saturday, over 500 people gathered at the mall to support The Dancing Man.  It was a peaceful, yet vocal, protest of people walking one length of the mall to the other chanting "Let Him Dance".  Then everyone gathered in the mall's courtyard while The Dancing Man made an appearance and danced for everyone.  It was quite a spectacle.

As I've mentioned before, I'm pretty open-minded and try to see both sides of a story.  With that said, I learn a little more towards the "Let Him Dance" stance.  What amazes me about the whole thing is that so many people showed up to support the local legend.  A Facebook event page was created and many people said they'd be there but I honestly never imagined the magnitude.  They certainly walked the walk along with the talk the talk.  I haven't seen the articles myself but I heard word that the incident even made news on a larger scale.

As of right now, there's no final word on whether the mall is standing firm on their decision or if they will "Let Him Dance".
Do you have a local legend in your town?  Have you ever attended a protest?  Do you think the mall should "Let Him Dance"?


Masshole Mommy said...

Of course the mall should let him dance! The kid probably ran into him - as the mom of two clumbsy kids, I can say that :)