Want To Dance, High Schoolers? Sign an Anti-Twerking Contract!
I don't know if Ren MacCormack (aka Kevin Bacon's character in “Footloose”) would approve.
Annapolis High School in Maryland (along with 9 other schools in the district) is requiring students and their parents to sign a dance contract with the intent to ban twerking and other dance moves deemed inappropriate by school officials.
Twerking was made ultra-famous by our friend Miley Cyrus. And because there might be one person left on the planet who doesn't know what twerking is (my mom), I'll give you the definition. It means to dance in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance." That's from the Oxford Dictionary folks.
Well, I'm pretty sure Annapolis High didn't invite Miley to their dance and any student who doesn't sign the contract won't get in either.
The contract states that no sexually explicit dancing will be tolerated and this includes things like grinding, intimate touching of private parts, buttocks touching a partner or in the air or prolonged public displays of affection.
So what's the twerking punishment? Gitmo?!
Oh no, you just get kicked out of the dance.
"This, unfortunately, has become the norm. Some of this crazy dancing makes others feel uncomfortable," Annapolis Principal Susan Chittim told one newspaper. "Some kids feel left out because of the dancing that occurs."
As a mom of three girls, I LOVE IT. I feel like girls are sexualized at such a young age and performers like Miley Cyrus aren't helping. Remember those dances where you just swayed from side to side with your hands on your partner's shoulders and about a foot between the two of you? Those were the days! Please - make my girls sign a dance contract!
Now, who the heck knows if it will work. Who is going to determine whether a student has gone over the twerking line? The science teacher chaperone?
But it's definitely worth a try.