At prom, students must dance face-to-face

Shannon Olander

Shannon Olander/The Explorer 

R&B singer R-Kelly might “see nothin’ wrong with a little bump-n-grind,” but HHS administrators don’t feel that way when it comes to students dirty dancing, also known as grinding, at school-sponsored events.

This year, as seniors were buying their prom tickets, a piece of paper that went unnoticed by most was on the ticket table. However, this paper is of much imporance, it outlines what behavior is expected of students during prom. 
According to this flyer distributed by the main office, students are prohibited to dance while on someone’s shoulders, moshing, breakdancing and similar styles of dancing that encourages pushing or throwing. Also, in bold print, the flyer says, “Sexually suggestive styles of dancing or ‘grinding’ are also prohibited.” 
Chaperones will determine whether or not a dancing style is appropriate; if it is not, the students will be given a warning. If the students continue such style, they will be asked to leave with no refund.
However, HHS isn’t the only school to declare war on grinding. Tallmadge High School has developed a school dance agreement that outlines the expectations of students at a dance. 
The contract states that any student caught dancing inappropriately will be asked by an adult chaperone to leave the dance floor for one dance. At this time, an “X” will be marked on the student’s hand. If he/she is caught dancing inappropriately again, the student will be asked to leave, and a parent will be contacted.      
Matt Shomo, senior at THS says, “Truthfully, it’s not as horrible as it sounds…. I’m kind of surprised that other schools don’t have the same policy.”
According to, school dances were temporarily banned in 2010 at Bellevue High School in Ohio after “dirty dancing” photos from a homecoming dance surfaced on Facebook. 
At Brunswick High School, students are asked to sign an agreement that they will not grind before each dance, as stated by
After this year’s Sadie Hawkins dance in April at HHS, students are wondering how far the administrators will go to ensure students will not grind at school dances, and seniors are concerned with what will happen at prom.
Dina Podnar, co-chair of the prom committee, Student Government Adviser Janet Neff and Principal Brian Wilch all agree that grinding wasn’t ever an issue at prom. 
Podnar says, “The atmosphere is different when it is just one class.” 
Senior Sydney Pinkerton says, “They shouldn’t play music encouraging sexual activities and drinking if they are going to breathalize students and have a no-grinding policy.” 
Neff says the prom committee is working with Zone Entertainment to make sure they play dancing music that is more appropriate at prom.  
Whether grinding is lewd or just evidence of a generation gap, school officials are working to eradicate it from the dance floors. 
In a recent survey of 180 students of all grades at HHS, more than double the amount of girls say grinding makes them feel uncomfortable than boys. 
“When you buy a ticket, you’re establishing a trust,” says  Wilch.


2012-05-17 10:01:01