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Islanders can shake their booties at a hot new dance club

Islanders don’t have to trek to Seattle anymore when they get the urge to boogaloo beneath a spinning disco ball at a dance club.

On Friday, Open Space for Arts & Community will be transformed into Club O — a dancing opportunity that will become a regular monthly event at the space, said co-founder David Godsey.

“So here’s a place to go and chill out with friends while the music rolls on and dance if you want to,” Godsey said. “Or if you’re hard core, you can get out there on the floor for hours and experience death-by-dancing. It’s all good.”

Godsey said current plans are for Club O to happen every last Friday of the month, with different nights offering different kinds of music — everything from ’60s, ’70s, ’80s, hip-hop and fresh club music to electronica and trance.

The inspiration to open the club came to Godsey while waiting on a ferry dock, he said.

“I spent lots of time in ferry lines over the years, going back and forth to Seattle to find decent dance clubs with really good music,” he said. “I spent as much time traveling back and forth as I did dancing. And I realized,  why not make a place here on Vashon to really dance?”

DJ Michael Whitmore will reign at Club O’s opening on Friday, spinning selections from his massive vinyl collection of more than 6,000 45s and 3,000 LPs, with some of the records dating back as far as the 1940s and the earliest days of rock and roll.

Whitmore has been spinning his stuff at clubs and parties for more than two decades, and he’s also worked at some of the top record stores on the West Coast, including the island’s own music shop, Vashon Island Music.

The fun starts at 8 p.m. Friday at Open Space, 18870 103rd Ave. S.W. Tickets, $5, will be sold at the door.

—Elizabeth Shepherd

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