There's a long standing tradition at KIVU, and everyone who comes expects it. When we built the facility here outside of Durango Colorado, there was a free standing pole barn hand hewed from the original home steaders. They actually cut down the trees and formed the beams to fit together for Hay Storage and Farm Needs.
Without hesitation, when the construction people wanted to tear it down, we shouted loud. 'Don't tear down the barn, let's just re-enforce it.' So instead of building new, we are satisfied with the old.
Last night was nearly the 100th barn dance at KIVU. Tens of Thousands of students have come to enjoy a little throwback to a slower time. We take great care in preparing students to know how to dance, unlike some of the grinding that goes on at school dances these days. We help the men understand how to respect a lady, and vice versa.
As I stand back and watch the dance take place, I'm taken back to a time when teenagers didn't have to deal with an over sexualized culture. They could simply dance together. I recall a time when two stepping Texas style didn't last any longer than a song, instead of today's implications that if you dance with someone you have to hook up, or worse; be married forever because of a single stroll around the dance floor.
What's amazing!! The students last night showed up with a healthy dose of skepticism, but they jumped right in. Before the night was over, even the most socially awkward were at least trying to join the party.
Good Clean Fun.
That's what we're all about here.
I believe if we can teach kids to have fun without all the substances and sexual inuendo, there will be friendships formed that can last. We don't have to be afraid of teenagers having fun. They like to have fun, and there's few things in life more enjoyable when you can throw a party without hearing of any of the consequences of bad decisions.
Just another day at KIVU!