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COLISEUM DANCERS ASK CITY TO KEEP THE BEAT

Friends of the Coliseum, a group of about 30 ballroom dancers, will be lobbying in front of the mayor and City Council on Thursday with one request, more chances to dance.

The group is made up mostly of retirees, who attend the twice monthly tea dances at the Coliseum for $7 a pop. The dances will resume on Oct. 7, but the group is fearful they could become less frequent.

The city-owned venue once held the dances every Wednesday but has cut them back to every first and third Wednesday in recent years. The city also plans to close the venue to the dancers for four months during the summer next year, instead of two.

"It's just fun and we don't want to lose it, and we're afraid now next year we will lose another two months," said Betty Braverman, a longtime Coliseum volunteer and the group's unofficial spokesperson.

If they had their way, the Friends of the Coliseum would be able to attend the tea dances four times a month during the winter and maintain only two months of summer downtime They plan to have three or four of their members speak on behalf of this proposed schedule during Thursday's City Council meeting. They encourage fellow dance enthusiasts to join them.

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