Dance ban irritates the live events industry, those who want to shake things up – Summerland Review


BC’s dance ban is a bit too “timeless” for musicians, bar owners and event planners across the province, let alone people who just want to dance.

The 1984 film was about a teenager trying to overturn a dance ban in an American city.

And now, at the end of 2021, rules triggered by the pandemic continue to disallow dancing during ‘indoor gatherings’ in British Columbia, among other restrictions for music-focused events, including concerts, pub concerts and weddings.

As a result, there is no “dance floor” when Kelly Brock is currently singing with her longtime dance group, Dr. Strangelove, in an indoor hall, and it has become a frustrating and confusing situation for all. the people involved.

The Surrey musician, among a growing number of others, is wondering why dancing to live music isn’t allowed in British Columbia when, for example, country musician Eric Church can play a gig for thousands of people. maskless fans, mixed up and screaming, as he did at Rogers Arena in Vancouver last Friday (October 29).

“People have contacted me directly to tell me that it was ridiculous, this dance ban, and that they wanted to help get it overturned,” said Brock, who urged Facebook friends to write to the British Columbia health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, on the issue, as a “last hope for the live events industry” in the province.

“I think Bonnie is about to open the dance floors again, really,” added Brock hopefully. “The capacities are increasing and people can get mixed up again, these kinds of rules. Maybe they just need to get people on the dance floor wearing masks, that might be a solution, for now. “

British Columbia has proof of vaccination requirements and indoor sites are returning to full capacity.

Along with Dr. Strangelove, Brock performed at Woody’s Pub in Coquitlam on Halloween weekend.

“I tell people that they can at least wiggle their arms, sitting in their chairs, moving around in their own space at their table a bit,” said Brock, also owner and operator of booking agency VanHattan Entertainment. “But it’s a little weird, and not the same. It’s a challenge.

In Canada, British Columbia and Quebec are the only two provinces not to allow dancing at this time.

“It really has an impact on the DJs hired to make people dance, and dance groups like ours, groups in clubs and pubs,” Brock noted. “We’ve seen videos of people dancing in banquet halls and private events, but it’s not allowed in (bars). The ban throws a wrench into event planning, that’s for sure.

“I’ve been going to the gym and have been doing it for over a year so it’s good to sweat while wearing a mask,” she added. “And when you go out on the dance floor, it’s usually just a couple of songs before you sit down and take a break. I think people would be happy to put on a mask and go out on the dance floor. “

At a recent press conference, Henry admitted that the no-dancing rule is “the most difficult, especially for nightclubs and some of the bars where it is a big part of the atmosphere.”

“We absolutely continue to monitor” the situation, Henry promised. “I hope I can lift more restrictions in the next few months, but it will be a challenge for all of us.”

As Christmas-related events approach, BC’s live events industry is hoping the dance ban will be lifted soon – but it could be too late for many.

“Events are being canceled due to the no-dance rule, and it’s too late to host events in November and December,” said Rob Steel, who works as DJ Steel at weddings and events.

“We were excited and getting calls to host events a few months ago when things opened up again, but this dance rule just stopped us again. This is the worst time for it, absolutely the worst.

On Brock’s Facebook post about the issue, Steel elaborated.

“I’m back to work, my ass,” he wrote. “My whole calendar of events for November, December, January and February is now canceled because of this no-dance shit, too late to get anything back, and they all want their deposits back.”

“Thank you very much, BC, it’s the start of the pandemic for performers again, this time with no benefits (and a refund of down payments). Oh, but the Canucks’ line of game beers, shoulder to shoulder inside, are totally cool for this industry, give me a break.

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