Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

'Lamp Dancer' Gratefulfor Support

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

'Lamp Dancer' Gratefulfor Support

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Ricky Hite, also known as "The Lamp Dancer," said he is relieved his criminal case has concluded and appreciates the support he has recently received.

Last week in Topeka Municipal Court, Hite pleaded no contest to disorderly contest and a misdemeanor assault charge was dismissed. A $176 fine was imposed.

"That's a big relief," he said of the case's completion, adding it had caused him a lot of stress.

The charges stemmed from a September confrontation in downtown Topeka. According to Hite, the incident was a misunderstanding and the other man involved forgave him.

For several years, Hite has danced on the corners of downtown Topeka streets. While some passersby believe his moves are too provocative, others say it makes them smile.

Hite said he dances to "bring joy to people."

Lately he has been dancing near the waterfall on the southwest corner of S. …

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