WATERTOWN, N.Y. – Officials at New York’s Watertown High School will increase the number of chaperones at the upcoming Homecoming Dance in an effort to crack down on dirty dancing that made some uncomfortable at last year’s event.
Parents, students and staff felt “offended and even intimidated” last year by “sexually explicit dancing” at the 2013 Homecoming Dance, and district leaders considered canceling the celebration this year, but instead opted to implement a new set of dancing rules to keep the celebration on schedule, CNYCentral.com reports.
The agreement, drafted by the student council and approved by administrators, specifically prohibits sexually provocative dancing and calls for more chaperones to police the dance floor when students cut a rug at the Homecoming Dance October 17.
Students who violate the rules will be banned from future dances, according to the news site.
Senior class vice-president Joseph Freda told CNYCentral that “by collaborating with the district administration in a respectful manner, we’ve reached a very agreeable resolution.”
District superintendent Terry N. Fralick commended students for “presenting a reasonable and responsible set of guidelines which if followed, should ensure a wonderful time for everyone.”
Fralick told WWNYTV last week that district officials were undecided on moving forward with this year’s Homecoming Dance and Christmas Ball after at least one chaperone and several students complained about twerking and other sexually suggestive dance moves at last year’s dances.
Twerking involves thrusting and gyrating hip movements, often in a squatted stance with the backside grinding into dance partner – a move made famous by teen idol Miley Cyrus and other entertainers.
“They reported to me what I thought was a very disgusting scene with a lot of young people really grinding and rubbing into each other very inappropriately,” Fralick said.
The announcement prompted some parents to complain through Facebook, including Kristy Graveline Perez, who encouraged parents and students to voice their support for the dances at the district’s school board meeting.
“I believe our children should not be denied the life long memories which are made at these high school events,” Perez wrote.
Fralick vowed to work with the high school principal and student council to resolve the problem, resulting in the new rules.