Youth dance parties return to Ballarat for another year

BOOGIE TIME: Ballarat’s first Blue Light Disco for the year will kick off on Friday night.The growing demand for more ‘fun activities’ for the city’s youths has played a major role in the success of local Blue Light discos.

More than 1000 young people attended one of last year’s 12 youth dances, with numbers expected to continue to grow over the next year.

Ballarat Police Blue Light Committee chair Des Hudson said the discos had proved popular with primary school aged children because it allowed them to let their hairdown in a safe environment.

But he said it was also gaining momentum with local parents who were open to ideas to allow their children to socialise away from technology and social media which is beginning to consume moreof their children’s daily lives.

“Blue Light provides a fantastic opportunity for young people to learn the skills of socialising at an event away from parent’s control, butis still fully supervised,” he said.

“Parents feel comfortable knowing they are dropping their young people off to an organised event that is alcohol and drug-free and has good support by local Ballarat police who are supervising and interacting with the young people.

“Once inside, there are no pass outs until home time when parents arrive back to collect their young people.”

With more young people attendingeach dance, Mr Hudson said organisers had spent time over the holiday break to establish new initiatives, including themed events, for this year’s dances.

”Blue Light in 2017 is looking forward to another positive year of engaging with local youth.

“The music will continue to be the latest hits and we look forward to seeing the latest dance moves from everyone attending.

“For first time attenders, we encourage them to bring along a friend or two from school, or a mate from their neighbourhoodso they have friends to dance and chat to.”

The first dance of 2017 will be held on Friday, February 17 from 7-9pmat the Sebastopol RSL.

The disco, which is held on the third Friday of every month, is open to primary school aged youths.

Entry is $7.

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