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'Dirty dancing' banned at Wisconsin high school

BROWN DEER, Wis. (AP) -- Brown Deer High School administrators are banning " dirtydancing" at school functions. 

Starting Friday night, all students caught " grinding" or engaging in other types of dancing that school officials deem inappropriate will be suspended from schooldances and their parents will be notified.

" We want parents to know that not only do we have adults there...but we watch what' s going on and we try to enforce the community' s values and standards, " Brown Deer principal Richard Zimman said.

Many students, who are accustomed to seeing sexually suggestive dances in music videos and movies, dismissed the new threat.

" We all read it and laughed, " said Nicole Kircher, a 17 -- year -- old senior at the high school. " Dancing is dancing. It doesn' t mean we' re simulating sexual intercourse."

In the last two years, Brown Deer High School has attempted to deal with " dirtydancing" on a number of occasions. In a letter to parents, school officials cited a number of examples.

Last fall, a dance was ended early because students refused to stop swaying suggestively to the music. Last week, five students were thrown out of a dance for dancing inappropriately -- even after several warnings over the microphone from the DJ, the letter said.

" Teens push the envelope, " said Andrew Kane, a psychotherapist who sees little problem with the so -- called dirtydancing. " There have been complaints about teen-age dancing going back 100 years and many times over the past 30. It all comes under the general heading of experimentation."

Zimman said he had not received any complaints from parents, but he sent out a letter detailing the new policy so parents would be aware of what goes on at schooldances.

Copyright 2000 Associated Press. All rights reserved.


eFrenzy Enters Partnership

San Francisco CA – DJzone the premier online disc jockey news and information network announced today it is joining the ranks of America Online, Inc., AT&T Wireless Services, Office Depot and OracleMobile by being chosen for a strategic alliance with eFrenzy. eFrenzy is the premier online services marketplace for consumers and small businesses, offering virtually any type of service - from catering and florists to tax preparation and Web design. eFrenzy intelligently matches qualified service professionals with serious buyers by providing the information and tools needed to make smart choices. The company's vision is to provide any service, anywhere, any time.

DJzone's role will be that of exclusive online content provider and advisor for the professional disc jockey area of eFrenzy. This will include providing eFrenzy with articles that will assist prospective clients with qualifying, locating and the booking of disc jockey entertainment.

"Out of all the disc jockey sites on the net we are proud to have our network selected for this opportunity to expand with eFrenzy.", explains Sid Vanderpool CEO of the DJzone Network. "The massive resources that eFrenzy has will provide a foundation for future ventures already in the works."

eFrenzy's Katy Saeger, "We speak very highly of them (djzone), and are absolutely thrilled to promote them at any opportunity we have." eFrenzy will be promoting the DJzone Network at trade shows and expos throughout the country. Some of those shows will be held in New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Miami. efrenzy

QSC Opens 'Online Store' for Amplifier Accessories

COSTA MESA, Calif.-QSC amplifier owners can now order factory-direct accessories and assembly kits online at

The online Order Center, maintained by QSC's Technical Services Group, allows customers to browse descriptions and view photos of a variety of signal processor modules, bus card adapters, and input and output transformers. These accessories allow users to add built-in crossovers, limiters, EQ, delays, and other processing to most QSC amplifiers, saving cost, weight, and rack space compared to equivalent outboard devices. Internal mounting also reduces cabling and interfaces for increased system reliability, and prevents tampering by unauthorized personnel.  Purchases must be made with a credit card and orders are typically processed within one day.

"Our goal is to make it easier for customers to get quality service quickly and conveniently," said Darrell Austin, Technical Services Group manager. Austin added that the site will soon be expanded to include replacement parts, repair kits, and technical documentation.

Online orders are for shipments within the U.S. only. For more information about online ordering, factory parts, or for technical support on all QSC products, contact QSC's Technical Services Group at call (800) 772-2834

International Essay Contest Provides Chance To Win California Music Store

The owner of a thriving music store in this growing mountain-ringed community will sponsor an international essay contest on the love of music starting next week, with her store being awarded to the winner. The store is located 35 miles north of Los Angeles.

Carole Ozanian, president of Big Valley Music Inc., will announce the contest at the NAMM Show in Nashville, Tennessee. She said the winning entry will receive the keys to the nearly 1,700-square-foot store, its furnishings and extensive array of musical instruments, equipment, books and sheet music, and its on-going business arrangements, including the 300 music lessons conducted by professional instructors each month in three practice rooms.

"Contest submissions include a $100 entry fee, which will help defray some of the costs of giving away the store," Ozanian said. Big Valley Music will donate a portion of the entry fees to the VH1 Save the Music Foundation to help its goal of restoring music education in public schools.

"This will forever change the life of one lucky individual or family while raising money for an important music-related non-profit organization. I could just sell the store, but where's the fun in that? We prefer to create awareness of music making and education, and at the same time offer someone the opportunity of a lifetime. I hope the winner is someone who is passionate about music education and appreciates the value of music making as life-enhancing."

Ozanian said the essays must not exceed 400 words. The essay must begin with the phrase, "I've always wanted to own a music store..." The contest kicks off July 20 and entries must be postmarked by February 1, 2000. Entries should be sent to Big Valley Music Essay Contest, 21704 Devonshire St., #350, Chatsworth, CA 91311. Additional information and photos of the store are available at the Big Valley Music Website at or by calling (818) 594-7475.

Ozanian said Big Valley Music opened in Santa Clarita 15 years ago. It has become the gathering spot for local musicians and music students, and has developed a mailing list of more than 4,000 names. Among the instruments featured in its modernized interior are guitars, drum sets, flutes, violins, cymbals, trumpets and clarinets.

For more information, visit their web site at


Dance Hall In Welk's Town Destroyed

STRASBURG, N.D. (AP) - Fire destroyed a historic dance hall in bandleader Lawrence Welk's hometown.

The blaze at the Blue Room started shortly before noon Saturday, said Bruce Schumacher, who has co-owned the building for two years. A cause had not been determined Sunday.

Locals disagree on whether Welk ever played the Blue Room, which was built in the early 1900s and was the oldest building in town. Welk, who died in 1992 at age 89, was a Saturday night staple on television for 31 years.

``Supposedly it's where (Welk) got his start; he played there as a young boy,'' Schumacher said.

He said the loss is ``quite devastating for the community. There probably isn't a family in the community that hasn't had a wedding in there or an anniversary. In some cases folks were married there, and their kids had their receptions there, too.''

Schumacher said he is not sure whether the Blue Room will be rebuilt.

``We have to meet with the insurance people, take a couple of days to sort of sort out our thoughts,'' he said.


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