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Nobody puts Baby in Dance Detention

August 16th, 2011 · 98 comments

J.T. got a kick out of this permission slip, which his co-worker had to sign before her 17-year-old son was allowed to go the first high school dance of the year. (Apparently “leave room for Jesus” just doesn’t cover it these days.)

I’m loving the concept of “dance detention,” but the name of the high school is really the cherry on top.

LIBERTY HIGH SCHOOL DANCE RULES: If you are removed from the dance, you will go to 'dance detention' until one of your parents in contacted.

related: You looking pretty is clearly more important than our friendship!

extra credit: The world’s largest dance detention performance [youtube]

FILED UNDER: oh the irony · schools & teachers · sex sex sex · spelling and grammar police

98 responses so far ↓

  • #1   Alise

    Would be lovely if the fundies spent as much time worrying about correct grammar as they did about appropriate dancing. “other then”? Really?

    Aug 16, 2011 at 6:39 pm   rating: 68  small thumbs up

    • #1.1   Jimmy

      “until your parent has been contacted”….guess they’re all from ‘broken homes’.

      Aug 16, 2011 at 11:29 pm   rating: 13  small thumbs up

    • #1.2   Rattus

      Of course they’re from broken homes. People from stable, two parent households don’t spend their valuable dance time grinding on each other. I mean, you can only learn that sort of behaviour from a single mother.

      Aug 17, 2011 at 8:33 am   rating: 58  small thumbs up

    • #1.3   Erik

      Another grammar mistake: “Your legs can not wrap around your dance partner.” That is not a proscriptive statement. They have just given the students permission to not wrap their legs around their dance partners. They did not explicitly deny them the right to do so. You must use “cannot” to do this. No wonder educational standards are falling… our educators themselves cannot write proper English sentences.

      Aug 20, 2011 at 1:29 pm   rating: 10  small thumbs up

    • #1.4   Melissa R

      I suppose what they mean to say is MAY not.

      Aug 20, 2011 at 5:48 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #1.5   Nocturnesthesia

      Assuming this is similar to the high school I went to, I’m pleasantly surprised they don’t send home notes in gangsta (or l33t speak? idk, it’s 2011) so the recipients’ parents have a clue what’s going on.
      Otherwise it’s reasonable. We had enough shame that no one would try anything really forward if there were chaperones watching, but some kids aren’t deterred. The kids I hung out with were really good at breakdancing and I was one of many who just hung back and watched them, there were some girls that were pretty good at crumping too. They got told off for being “too suggestive” by one of the more conservative chaperones (read: harpy bitch), but the VP said it was ok.

      Aug 25, 2011 at 11:44 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #2   Debra

    Liberty High School’s name is tragically ironic.

    Aug 16, 2011 at 6:42 pm   rating: 61  small thumbs up

    • #2.1   unsatisfied

      give me liberty…..or give me dance detention.

      Aug 17, 2011 at 4:49 pm   rating: 26  small thumbs up

  • #3   pony girl

    So, I guess there’s no swing dancing allowed.
    No dipping, no tango?

    Are they allowed to look at members of the opposite sex while dancing?

    Aug 16, 2011 at 6:44 pm   rating: 68  small thumbs up

    • #3.1   divaandwriter bang

      No break dancing, either.

      Aug 17, 2011 at 9:10 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #3.2   Jimmy James

      Seriously. Only your feet are allowed on the floor? How can I do The Worm? How can I spin on my head? I have consulted with Mr. Ice T, and we have reached a consensus that this situation is “Wack.”

      Aug 17, 2011 at 9:33 am   rating: 57  small thumbs up

    • #3.3   makfan

      I want to look at members of the same sex, so I am good to go.

      Aug 20, 2011 at 7:31 pm   rating: 14  small thumbs up

  • #4   Melissa

    In my defense, I thought my date’s boob was an entirely appropriate place for my hand.

    Aug 16, 2011 at 6:44 pm   rating: 118  small thumbs up

    • #4.1   Andrea

      They are nice handles to grab on to. Why else would god give them to us?

      Aug 17, 2011 at 6:54 pm   rating: 10  small thumbs up

  • #5   Kara

    Hard to take anything seriously that comes from a school that doesn’t know the difference between “then” and “than.”

    If I were those kids, I’d boycott and go have a kegger in the woods instead.

    Aug 16, 2011 at 6:45 pm   rating: 85  small thumbs up

    • #5.1   Melissa R

      In my day in the 80s, only dorks actually went inside the school, everyone else just got dropped off there as an alibi. Even that was dorky, because that meant your parents actually cared what you were up to, and you didn’t have free rein, a car, or friends with a car.

      Aug 20, 2011 at 5:58 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #6   Erica

    The grammatical errors are truly the cherry on top. How about you make sure your school staff knows when to use “then” versus “than” and that “can not” is one word, not two. It seems superfluous to be so exacting with the dance rules while the English language is being butchered and no one gives a damn.

    Aug 16, 2011 at 6:56 pm   rating: 40  small thumbs up

  • #7   Phil McKracken

    I teach in a high school. Last homecoming, after the dance, there were 2 pairs of panties found on the corners of the dance floor. If you want to have sex, just do it in the parking lot like everyone else.

    Aug 16, 2011 at 7:04 pm   rating: 84  small thumbs up

    • #7.1   unsatisfied

      I’d blame it on farmer ted and his crew.

      Aug 17, 2011 at 4:50 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

    • #7.2   Kara

      Hahaha- good one!

      Aug 17, 2011 at 4:57 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #8   Alexis

    I like “no bending over” .
    How fun would it be, as a parent, to send the permission slip back with corrections made in red pen. That’s something I would do.

    Aug 16, 2011 at 7:21 pm   rating: 60  small thumbs up

    • #8.1   Tatterdemalion

      My mother actually did that a lot when I was in public school. She’d send their fliers right back to them with circles and crossouts.

      Aug 18, 2011 at 4:33 am   rating: 21  small thumbs up

    • #8.2   Amanda

      “No bending over”- So what happens if my shoe comes untied? AND what if I then trip over the laces and attempt to break my fall with my hands (GASP) by touching the floor? Should I be removed then removed a second time? Will you call my parent twice?
      These are questions/excuses a child will come up with!

      Aug 23, 2011 at 8:53 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #9   Don

    I see nothing wrong with this. They don’t want any “dirty dancing” and they are making the students and their parents aware of this ahead of time.

    Aug 16, 2011 at 7:27 pm   rating: 31  small thumbs up

    • #9.1   unsatisfied

      way to turn on the snark there, don.

      Aug 17, 2011 at 4:51 pm   rating: 13  small thumbs up

    • #9.2   Lisap

      The area I grew up had a lot of issues with the dances. The regular problems with drinking and fighting happened, but also a LOT of inappropriate behaviour. When I was in Grade 12, they decided to strictly enforce the long existing dress code at the dances (one girl I knew once re-used a dance recital outfit she wore as an 8 year old as a Halloween costume, so the inappropriate dress and dancing was a legitimate concern). The main issue they had was how hard it was to actually enforce rules, there were about 1000 students from Grades 10-12 in the school, about half went to the dances plus students from other local schools all stuffed in one gym. They eventually just gave up and canceled dances by the time my youngest sister started high school. I wish they had at least tried this first. In my opinion, cancelling them causes more problems; the few schools still having them are completely over run with students from other schools and now private companies are holding much larger dances with much less security.

      Sep 12, 2011 at 2:43 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #10   Chad

    My irony meter just exploded.

    Aug 16, 2011 at 7:34 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

  • #11   Michael

    I’m curious about “increased disciplinary consequences”. WTF?

    Aug 16, 2011 at 7:41 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #11.1   Don

      You cause problems while waiting for your parents and you will face additional after-school detention later. What’s so hard to understand?

      Aug 16, 2011 at 7:44 pm   rating: 18  small thumbs up

  • #12   bookworm

    “No grinding or other dancing that implies any sexual activity or motion.”

    So, no dancing then.

    Aug 16, 2011 at 7:46 pm   rating: 86  small thumbs up

    • #12.1   amazon

      I think the waltz, at arm’s length separation, would be ok under these guidelines.

      Suddenly I’m nostalgic for my days in cotillion as an elementary student. “You mean I have to dance… with a BOY???”

      Aug 16, 2011 at 8:49 pm   rating: 19  small thumbs up

    • #12.2   pony girl

      Even the waltz implies motion, though.

      Aug 16, 2011 at 9:54 pm   rating: 16  small thumbs up

    • #12.3   AuntyBron

      When the Waltz was first introduced it was scandalous and thought to be a very immoral dance.

      But only if it’s done right.

      Aug 16, 2011 at 11:56 pm   rating: 29  small thumbs up

  • #13   Quite Contrary

    If I pay for a student removed for inappropriate dancing, and do not receive a student removed for inappropriate dancing, I want a refund, dammit!

    Aug 16, 2011 at 8:10 pm   rating: 28  small thumbs up

  • #14   Quite Contrary

    Is it a good guess that J.T. lives in Michelle Bachmann’s Minnesota district?

    Aug 16, 2011 at 8:12 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

  • #15   Baby

    Apparently some of you haven’t seen the ‘new’ dirty dancing. The girl bends over with her hands on the floor and the guy is behind her pelvic thrusting like he’s giving it to her from behind. I’m assuming that’s why the letter says ‘no bending over’ and no body parts on the floor other than your feet.

    Aug 16, 2011 at 9:07 pm   rating: 22  small thumbs up

    • #15.1   Dr_Know

      Ya think that would be covered by “no grinding etc.”

      As it is it looks like they hate break dancing…

      Aug 17, 2011 at 1:49 am   rating: 12  small thumbs up

    • #15.2   The Elf

      Kids still break dance? Must be considered delightfully retro.

      This PAN is great at reminding me why I hated high school. I always wonder why some people say it was the best time of their life. Seriously? Do you *remember* it?

      Aug 17, 2011 at 7:37 am   rating: 31  small thumbs up

    • #15.3   Andrea

      I remember people saying that. I think they were those types that peaked in high school. *Remember* them?

      I never say it now as an adult. I think if THOSE were the best years of your life, you need to re-examine where your life is going (and where it has been)

      Aug 17, 2011 at 7:47 am   rating: 32  small thumbs up

    • #15.4   bookworm

      I have to agree with Andrea. The ones who peaked during high school are the only ones who say it was the best years of their life. The rest of us realized that adulthood was only just beginning.

      Aug 17, 2011 at 11:04 am   rating: 12  small thumbs up

    • #15.5   redheadwglasses

      I would never say HS was the best time of my life, but I did have a great time in high school! Sports, music, plays, school clubs. I’m 43 and still play sports (five times a week), music (I’ve been in five bands), clubs (friends started an ABC drinking club, where we went to 52 bars in 52 weeks, working our way up the alphabet).

      I think people who are very social and outgoing (and who are extroverted) have a good time throughout their entire lives. I’m having a blast!

      I’m a bit cranky about 9 p.m. softball tonight, though. I don’t like missing Criminal Minds. ; )

      Aug 17, 2011 at 12:21 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

    • #15.6   Lisa

      Apparently anyone who mocks this has never been to a school dance lately. It gets pretty graphic.

      Aug 17, 2011 at 12:57 pm   rating: 15  small thumbs up

    • #15.7   The Elf

      I’m sure it does. Damn kids these days and all that.

      But is this really going to help? I don’t think so.

      Aug 17, 2011 at 1:43 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

    • #15.8   Melissa R

      Redhead, that sounds entirely miserable. Especially the softball and Criminal Minds! It isn’t necessary to be social, outgoing, extroverted, sporty, musical or join clubs to enjoy your entire life.

      It would be wonderful if extroverts recognized happiness isn’t their exclusive domain.

      Aug 20, 2011 at 6:09 pm   rating: 15  small thumbs up

    • #15.9   Katter

      Gotta agree with Melissa R. here. Great for you if you’re an extrovert and enjoy all that extrovert stuff, but don’t go implying that people who don’t act like you cannot possibly be having a good time in their lives. If I had to spend all that time around other people instead of allowing myself the alone time I need to wind down at the end of the day, I would be completely miserable. As it is, I choose the level of social activity appropriate to my own needs and desires, and I am happy with my life.

      Aug 28, 2011 at 11:39 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #15.10   Lisap


      Clearly you have never dealt with teenagers or irate parents defending their teenagers” idiotic behavior because they don’t feel like actually parenting. You can never be too specific. They will make any excuse they can to explain how what they did fell into some loop-hole that doesn’t exist. It is just easier to try and cover all your bases to begin with.

      Sep 12, 2011 at 2:48 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #16   bibberly

    Now that I have chaperoned a high school dance (not to mention several high school football games) and worked at a high school for five years, this totally seems reasonable.
    For a while, they were discouraging this sort of dancing at my school by doing a lot of the dances that have specific steps, like Soulja Boy and the Cha-Cha Slide. No one grinds during those type of dances.

    Aug 16, 2011 at 9:28 pm   rating: 18  small thumbs up

  • #17   pony girl

    Bad dance you!

    Aug 16, 2011 at 9:54 pm   rating: 19  small thumbs up

    • #17.1   unsatisfied

      now, that dance was fuckin’ delicious.

      Aug 17, 2011 at 4:58 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #17.2   Madrias

      Please let the Fucking Delicious joke die already. It’s gone sour and I think it’s starting to rot, thereby being no longer delicious in any way.

      Aug 20, 2011 at 7:10 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #17.3   unsatisfied

      the crack on killing the fucking delicious joke was really fucking delicious.

      it will never die.

      mwahahahahaha. ha.

      Aug 22, 2011 at 11:42 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #18   Diane bang

    I would love to know if this came from Liberty in Bethlehem, PA. If it did, this is the biggest waste of time and laughable piece of crap. That school is practically a training facility for criminals. The number of shootings, stabbings, and bloody fist fights alone is ridiculous. Then add in the drug busts, sexually inappropriate behavior from both students and staff, and the fact that 50% of the yearbook can be labeled “Most Likely To Work A Lifetime At McDonald’s”, while the other 50% can be labeled “Most Likely To Be Incarcerated For Most Of His/Her Life”.

    If it’s a different Liberty, well, then good for them for trying to obtain and maintain decency.

    Aug 16, 2011 at 10:02 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #18.1   Diane bang

      Wait, my calculations were incorrect. 1% of the students go on to great things. Great legal things. There, now my conscience is clear.

      Aug 16, 2011 at 10:16 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #18.2   kit

      Hahaha. My poor dad, he teaches there (I didn’t grow up there). But, come to think if it, all of my cousins that went to school at Liberty DID turn out to be the most messed up, of us.

      Aug 16, 2011 at 10:41 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

  • #19   Katie Mariie

    When I first read “dance detention,” I was expecting detention where the kids are forced to dance. Which would be awesome. I think there would have been much fewer kids late to class at my high school, if they knew they would have to do the hokey pokey in front of their peers.

    Aug 16, 2011 at 10:48 pm   rating: 76  small thumbs up

    • #19.1   CS

      At band camp, all the stuff that had been left on the field during the day by students was rounded up so that at night whoever claimed it would have to stand in front of everyone and sing “The Weenie Man Song,” which had a corresponding dance number. I can’t recall if that was the only crime for that punishment or not, because my memory is trying to block out most of band camp.

      Do a search for the lyrics, though; it’s hilarious.

      Aug 16, 2011 at 11:56 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #19.2   The Elf

      This one time, in band camp, we were dirty dancing, and he played trombone, and…..

      Aug 17, 2011 at 7:41 am   rating: 11  small thumbs up

    • #19.3   bibberly

      At the sleepaway camp I went to growing up, you were required to have your camp-issued nametag to go swimming, have a snack, anything fun, etc. If you lost it, you had to sing a song in front of the whole camp at mealtime. The person who found it chose the song. I’m not familiar with the Weenie Man Song, but preteen girls sure got a kick out of a male counselor singing the Sipping Cider song, which ends with “Now 49 kids all call me Mom.”

      Aug 19, 2011 at 8:51 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #20   John the Baptist

    I grew up Southern Baptist, so I can tell this joke, OK? It seems appropriate in this instance.

    Q: Why do Southern Baptists not have sex standing up?

    A: They wouldn’t want anyone to think they were dancing!

    Aug 16, 2011 at 11:06 pm   rating: 54  small thumbs up

  • #21   Yeah

    *No thans other than “then” should be used.

    Aug 16, 2011 at 11:31 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #22   Matth

    ♪ We can dance, we can dance
    ♪ Everybody look at your hands

    Aug 17, 2011 at 4:21 am   rating: 25  small thumbs up

    • #22.1   The Elf

      Truly, this is a Safety Dance.

      Aug 17, 2011 at 7:39 am   rating: 13  small thumbs up

    • #22.2   emcd

      You can act real rude
      And totally removed
      You can act like an imbecile!

      However, Liberty High School will NOT tolerate a sexual imbecile bending over with one foot on the floor.

      Aug 17, 2011 at 8:53 am   rating: 10  small thumbs up

  • #23   Smokey

    ♪♪♪♪♪Everybody cut, everybody cut, everybody cut FOOTLOOSE!♪♪♪♪♪♪

    Aug 17, 2011 at 4:41 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #23.1   MD bang

      Wait, wait…RUN!

      Given the tone of their missive, I’m fairly sure that lyric will be literal.

      All teachers, of course will be carrying machetes–as is the minimum standard at Liberty, for all mixed gender activities.

      Aug 17, 2011 at 7:37 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #24   MD bang

    I believe, after careful study of these rules, even ‘I’m A Little Teapot’ is a filthy bit of nasty.

    “…tip me over and pour me out…



    Aug 17, 2011 at 7:30 am   rating: 75  small thumbs up

  • #25   crzygrl

    i actually recieved this notice for my child who goes to this school too. funny!

    Aug 17, 2011 at 8:04 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

  • #26   ren

    From the oldest of times, people danced for a number of reasons. They danced in prayer… or so that their crops would be plentiful… or so their hunt would be good. And they danced to stay physically fit… and show their community spirit. And they danced to celebrate. And that is the dancing we’re talking about. Aren’t we told in Psalm 149 Praise ye the Lord. Sing unto the Lord a new song. Let them praise His name in the dance? And it was King David – King David, who we read about in Samuel – and what did David do? What did David do?
    What *did* David do?
    David danced before the Lord with all his might… leaping and dancing before the Lord.
    [smacks table in front of Reverend Moore]
    *Leaping* and *dancing*.
    Ecclesiastes assures us… that there is a time for every purpose under heaven. A time to laugh… and a time to weep. A time to mourn… and there is a time to dance. And there was a time for this law, but not anymore. See, this is our time to dance. It is our way of celebrating life. It’s the way it was in the beginning. It’s the way it’s always been. It’s the way it should be now.

    Aug 17, 2011 at 8:27 am   rating: 15  small thumbs up

  • #27   Sara

    “No grinding or other dancing that implies any sexual activity or motion.”

    So, if a chaperone calls me out for something that implies sexual activity, can I then call her out for knowing what that even looks like?

    Aug 17, 2011 at 8:43 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

    • #27.1   emcd

      I suddenly have a vision of a Church Lady type standing amongst the teen dancers, sending them to Dance Detention one by one.

      “Foxtrot? Bestiality. Detention”

      Aug 17, 2011 at 9:00 am   rating: 27  small thumbs up

  • #28   Jen

    I’m as sexually liberal as they come. However, having taught at a high school and chaperoned mixers, I’m totally on board with this. Folks, there is precious little of what most of us would call “dancing” going on at these things. If I saw two kids swing dancing or, hell, even dirty dancing with as much style as Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey, I’d probably call attention to them for doing something right. As it is, the kids either do the f*ck-her-from-behind version or they’re dry-humping face-to-face. As fun as it is to make comparisions to the “scandalous” waltz, it ain’t even close. At least the waltz had steps.

    The sad thing is, the kids who don’t feel comfortable either faux-screwing or getting faux-plowed on the “dance” floor can’t dance unless they already know their partner and everyone’s okay with the usual stiff-armed sway we all did in our day. “Do you want to dance?” is hard enough for some kids to ask — adding the subtext of “Do you want me to grind my crotch into your butt” makes it damn near impossible for them. And some of the girls don’t want to get out on the floor at all because they don’t want random boys coming up behind them. Mixer-as-orgy is not a good development for the wallflowers.

    The second sad thing is, if somebody did start swing dancing or break dancing or any of the other suggestions in the previous comments, I promise there is at least one jerk student who would come up to the chaperones and challenge them to either shut the talented kid(s) down or let everyone else resume their mass orgy. And as a chaperone, I don’t know what I would do. The third and most sad thing is, it’s a moot point because I’ve never seen any kids who’ve ever tried to dance for real.

    Aug 17, 2011 at 9:19 am   rating: 47  small thumbs up

    • #28.1   Denise

      From what I have heard from other teachers and dance chaperones you are right on the money. I really don’t find this offensive at all. There really is no comparison to the “Waltz back in the day” . Really you need to see for yourself to understand how bad it is. Maybe we sound old but there you go. Those kids now a days…..(shakes cane)
      Although I doubt this permission slip will do anything. With all those dance and Glee like shows, you think there would be more interest in forming some kind of dance club where they could learn real dancing….but there I go again being old lol.

      Aug 17, 2011 at 12:59 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

    • #28.2   KdHead

      I completely agree. When I went to my first school dance, I called home crying for my mom to pick me up after less than 10 minutes. I didn’t know that ‘dancing’ meant letting someone dry hump me!

      Aug 17, 2011 at 4:17 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

    • #28.3   Alex

      “As fun as it is to make comparisions to the “scandalous” waltz, it ain’t even close. ”

      This is funny because everyone *since* the waltz has been saying the same thing–”sure, our parents thought our dancing was too sexual, but kids today–theirs really *is* too sexual.”

      That said, I’m not sure what the teenagers of the 2020′s and 30′s will be able to come up with that will shock their parents, unless their dance moves involve actual penetration, orgasm, or full-frontal nudity.

      Aug 17, 2011 at 10:12 pm   rating: 11  small thumbs up

    • #28.4   The Elf

      They’ll reverse the trend and pick up cotillion.

      Aug 18, 2011 at 9:51 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

  • #29   Allan Jones Sucks

    Wow. If I had to remind my high-school-aged child not to bend over or grind their partner, I might re-think the whole dance altogether.

    Aug 17, 2011 at 10:23 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

  • #30   Splint Chesthair

    My high school had various functions with rules indicating that, if broken, you wouldn’t be allowed to leave campus until you’re parents came to get you.

    I always daydreamed about how they would try to stop me. Did they have tasers? Would they tackle me? If they called the cops, I’d be long gone before they got there and exactly what law would I have broken?

    Aug 17, 2011 at 10:54 am   rating: 10  small thumbs up

  • #31   The Elf

    What, no moshing?

    Aug 17, 2011 at 11:19 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

  • #32   redheadwglasses

    I assume this school dance also won’t feature Billy Idol’s version of “Mony Mony.”

    Aug 17, 2011 at 12:27 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #33   pizza

    I would have thought this was silly until I recently saw my 5 year old niece “grind” her brother because the other 5 year olds in her “urban” pre-school dance that way.

    Aug 17, 2011 at 1:24 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

    • #33.1   Melissa R

      You can see “urban” toddlers doing this on You Tube. Horrifying!

      Aug 20, 2011 at 6:26 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #34   QBALL

    “I give it a 10 Mr Clark, it’s got a great beat and I can really appreciate my girls bootylicous kardashian tush plus” Remember Purdy Missouri? wow what a country

    Aug 17, 2011 at 2:09 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #35   bad mood

    I’ll never forget the rainy Sunday I spent watching the Swayze classic Dirty Dancing on tv. My grandmother, may she rest in peace lived with us and she came into the living room during the party scene where Baby’s got the watermelon. She wistfully said, “Your grandfather and I used to dance like that back when we were young.”
    Apparently, this has been a problem since the 40′s!

    Aug 17, 2011 at 3:03 pm   rating: 12  small thumbs up

  • #36   Ori

    Did these people never see Grease? Isn’t that how high school is supposed to be?

    Aug 17, 2011 at 3:25 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #36.1   unsatisfied

      it is?

      “You know that ain’t shit when we’ll be gettin’ lots of tit in greased lightnin’…..”

      “You know that I ain’t braggin’, she’s a real pussy wagon – greased lightnin’……”

      Aug 17, 2011 at 5:01 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #37   Xyzzy

    Have to agree with people pointing out that it’s not the kind of “dancing” we might expect… I did a little video searching based on things I’d read before (one popular form is called “freak dancing” or “freakin”) and found quite a few dances like this, for example:

    I can definitely see where a school would rather not have the students doing anything quite *that* suggestive.

    Aug 18, 2011 at 12:44 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #37.1   Pedro G.

      Okay, I’ve watched the video and understand completely. This whole thing can be solved with a watchful eye.

      Anyone who walks into the dance with a chair, throw them into detention!

      Aug 18, 2011 at 1:22 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

  • #38   Homeslice

    We never had these problems back in my day. The early 90s New Jack Swing dance moves took care of everything. You can’t dry hump anyone when you Roger Rabbit and do the Running Man. The only touching was that “Kid n Play” ankle bump.

    Aug 18, 2011 at 11:29 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

  • #39   J.T.

    I’m the J.T. that posted this – this is from Liberty High School in Brentwood, CA – - in the San Francisco Bay Area!!!!

    Aug 18, 2011 at 12:42 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #40   kasey

    I totally understand this notice. My school dances looked like terrifying mating rituals. And I’m pretty sure at least a few girls left pregnant.

    Aug 18, 2011 at 1:47 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #40.1   kasey

      I must add that of the 100 or so graduating females in 2010, at least 35 were pregnant or mothers.

      Aug 18, 2011 at 1:52 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #41   Lenny!

    I’m sorry but I would have to agree with this note… I remember the reason why I ditched my dances back in the day was because, besides the shitty music they played (which encouraged the “freak dancing”), almost every guy decided it was free game to grab and rub against girls who didn’t want to participate in the mating game (like me).

    Aug 18, 2011 at 6:22 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #41.1   The Elf

      I ditched all the dances back in my day too, but I don’t agree with this note.

      I ditched the dances because
      1) As if I needed another opportunity to be reminded of my social position in the school, or to spend time with people who so obviously despised me
      2) I didn’t like the music (80s/90s rap & dance, I was a headbanger)
      3) I didn’t like that kind of dancing

      My boyfriend and I went to see Phantom of The Opera instead of going to prom, and I think we had the better evening.

      That said, this note isn’t going to stop any student from “freak dancing”. In fact, it’ll just raise a little more teenage rebellion.

      Aug 19, 2011 at 5:27 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

  • #42   Anonymous

    So if anyone drops their wallet, they’re out of the dance. Understood.

    Aug 18, 2011 at 8:24 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

  • #43   Earl Hamsher

    maybe this is a prop from the new Footloose remake

    Aug 19, 2011 at 1:13 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #43.1   Jessi

      Dancing in public for those under 18 is illegal in that movie, so rules for a school dance would be a bit odd.

      I do wish it was a prop, though.

      Aug 19, 2011 at 3:36 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #44   Lololol

    Is it funny, that this school is one in my district?

    Also even more ironic is the other school, Freedom High School. We have the same rules only stricter.

    Sep 1, 2011 at 10:25 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #45   emmalee

    is this school in westminster, md? i think i’ve heard of it..

    Oct 6, 2011 at 9:14 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up