By Dan Walton

Pioneer Staff

During the Youth Centre dance this Friday night, the Invermere Community Hall might just be too packed for the boys and girls to stand on separate sides of the room.

From 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday, November 15th, the Summit Youth Centre is hosting a fall dance for anybody between the ages of 12 and 18. Special lighting and an upbeat DJ will put the community hall into party mode, as local youth can assemble away from the confines of school.

“It’s going to be a Friday night and it’s not going to be with the teachers it’s going to be different,” said Summit Youth Centre co-ordinator Magali Larochelle. “It’s a nice way to do something different, but in a safe environment.”

Most music will promote upbeat dancing, however there will be lower-tempo songs for slow dancing. Magali said that slow dancers won’t face many restrictions. Jeremy Ratt, a teen who regularly hangs out at the youth centre and plans to attend the dance, added that “it isn’t the senior prom.”

Jeremy agrees that the Summit Youth Centre holds better dances than the schools.

“They’re not as controlled, but nothing ever gets out of hand,” he said. “It’s a place where teenagers get to do something, and in this town it’s very hard for us to find stuff to do.”

Magali is seeking more volunteers for the dance, and is hoping to bring in a popcorn machine for the event. Anybody over the age of 20 is invited to volunteer by contacting Magali at [email protected] .

Tickets will on sale at the door for $7 each. The dance is taking place on the main floor of the community centre, downstairs from the Summit Youth Centre.