Not-so-dirty dancing OPINION

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Students at AHS Homecoming Dance

by Zoe Krueger

You may have seen in the media–including AHSneedle–that dancing is a big controversy. High school administrations have begun cracking down on the “problem,” banning certain styles of dancing and giving punishments if it is done. The style of dancing that has become such a concern has many names: “dirty-dancing,” “grinding,” “butt-to-front,” to name a few. To get the jist of this, if you don’t quite get it from the names, the dance consists of a close touching of the hips, basically rotating to the beat of the music.

People need to realize that this isn’t the first time in history that the way kids dance is an “issue.”  Anyone ever heard of The Twist?  Yeah, that dance definitely stirred up some people back when it came out, but somehow we all got through it.

So why should this be any different? Because you think it’s dirty? As someone who participates in this style of dancing, let me assure you it really is not bad in any way. Yes, there are some people who get into it a little too much at times, but for the most part it’s just a way for friends to dance. It’s not harming anyone. In a way, this form of dancing is a way for us to let loose, without doing anything wrong.

I’ve seen girls who are top students, the sweetest people you’d ever meet, and yes they will get out on the dance floor and rotate their hips. It’s just a fun way for us to have a good time. Stop putting negative connotations with it. It’s just dancing.

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