Milwaukee-Area Schools Ban "Grinding"
Two local high schools are cracking down on dirty dancing at school events. Video by tmj4.comvideo
MENOMONEE FALLS - Two local high schools are cracking down on dirty dancing at school events.
Both Union Grove High School and Menomonee Falls High School are banning "grinding" - a style of dance some say simulates sex. In Union Grove, video cameras will monitor students' dance moves.
Menomonee Falls High School principal Bill Hintz says after the Homecoming Dance chaperones agreed the dancing had gone too far. "It's finally gotten to the point where it's a hot topic. The community wants us to do something," he said.
Hintz began holding Dance Summits where students, faculty, parents and police discussed new guidelines. The ban on sexual dancing will go into place for February's turnabout dance.
Some students are so angry they say they'll skip the dance. "There's only a couple dances a year and they're taking our rights away so I'm not going," said one sophomore girl. Another said, "It's our way of culture now. It's how we dance."
A group of seniors and their parents decided to hold an alternate dance a few weeks later as a reaction to the new rules.
Still some students do agree that a crackdown on dancing is needed. Kristin Boehler who has kids in the Menomonee Falls School District says "grinding" has been a topic of conversation in their family.
"I don't think there's any need for that at a high school. You don't need to dance that way," she said.