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The idea that dancing should be outlawed may seem more out of date than Kevin Bacon's haircut in Footloose, but for teenagers in Seattle, it's a reality every dreary Saturday night. Since 1985, youngsters in the city that launched the grunge craze have been locked out of Seattle's local music scene by the so-called Teen Dance Ordinance, which effectively prohibits most clubs from hosting all-ages shows. But now a coalition of Seattle scenesters is out to change all that.
"The Teen Dance Ordinance and draconian liquor laws have done their part to choke the all-ages scene," says Angel Combs, executive director of JAMPAC, a political action committee founded by former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic. Combs is a member of the Music and Youth Task Force, established by the City Council in November in response to pressure from music promoters and young concertgoers.