I am hoping to start a dialogue here in Napa about the issue of “freak dancing” in high schools.
I was invited by a teacher friend to help chaperone the Vintage High School dance that was held Jan. 29 at the Marriott Hotel here in Napa. I was quite surprised to witness the dancing that went on on the dance floor for several hours. The young women were grinding their hips vigorously against the front pelvis of the young men, while bending forward at the waist, often with their tight dresses rolled up above their underwear.
Evidently, this kind of dance has been going on for about four years or longer, but there was very little done to stop it at the dance by the school officials and chaperones. I couldn’t imagine that this very sexual display would be OK with these kids’ parents, but I guess I could be wrong.
I did a bit of Internet research on this subject this morning, and discovered that other school districts around the country are attempting to stop it by having kids sign a contract.
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But I see this as a possible form of sexual harassment, as I saw a number of girls looking very uncomfortable as the young men led them toward the group grinding away on the dance floor. In addition, after behaving this way with one another, what would be the next step, since foreplay was already done?
I love to dance, and I would never say that there should be a restriction against dancing, even dirty dancing. But where is the self-expression in this?
Let’s talk about it.
D.J. Lipton Weide / Napa