No twerking, no laying on the ground and both feet must remain on the floor…
Just some of the stipulations outlined in a dance contract some Washington state schools are having kids sign.
When Miley Cyrus took the stage at the VMA’s a couple months ago, some parents were shocked by her ‘twerking.’
But officials with North Thurston public schools know times have changed, and students are used to seeing things like this on a dance floor.
You Tube, it’s that generation. They have a lot more exposure to a lot of different things, so we have to constantly stay on top of that.
A few years ago, school officials heard about another district canceling homecoming because of inappropriate dancing.
Some of our activities directors at the high school got together, said let’s nip this in the bud, get ahead of this.
They came up with a dance contract.. at River Ridge, students may not bend over 45 degrees while dancing. there cannot be ‘lap dancing’ or dancing that looks like you’re having sex.
Some of the things are things that you wouldn’t think should have to be in writing.
This spring, Port Townsend and Port Angeles schools instituted a ‘face to face’ dance policy.. to try and cut down on grinding. students responded by boycotting the dances altogether.
But the students we spoke to in Lacey say don’t mind signing a contract.
They say it makes parents feel better. but they say if parents came to the dances, they would see there’s no real reason to worry.