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This is an article written in the Livingston Daily News, in Howell Michigan. There are schools making some great progress in changing up teen dance styles.
Written by Amanda Whitesel Daily Press & Argus
Jamie Nicholson said some have accused her of “shoving” her “agenda down their throats.”
But the Hartland Township mom said her efforts with The Dance Project, a program that aims to create awareness of the sexually explicit nature of high school dances, have been successful, thanks to community support.
“Our motto is to change the culture by promoting positive dancing,” she said. “And I think we’ve done that.”
“Many said it could not be done.”
The group was formed in 2009 after Nicholson witnessed what she calls the “heartbreaking reality” of high school dances as a chaperone at a high school event. Some female students told Nicholson they felt physically violated while dancing.
The style Nicholson saw varies in name — grinding, twerking and freak dancing, to name a few — but encompasses close contact and lots of hip gyration.
“I saw these kids that were in my daughter’s class enter into this first high school dance with such enthusiasm and excitement, but that quickly changed when they saw the mob grinding,” she said.
Thus, the Dance Project was formed to promote clean dancing. It started small, with 12 students, and now averages between 200 to 400 students at each of its four dances annually. The group’s latest dance took place in October at Rollerama in Genoa Township, where the skating rink was turned into a dance floor, attracting 300 students.
Group members and teacher Sam Johnson of South Lyon teach new attendees swing dancing moves to popular music, and oftentimes, Nicholson said students are inspired to spread the movement to their schools and communities, like the swing dance club formed in 2011 at Hartland Middle School at Ore Creek, for example.
A cultural shift
School administrators across the county have noted the nature of dancing at school events has changed, prompting changes in school policy and laying out of expectations.
Howell High School Principal Jason Schrock took to his school blog this year to inform parents of expectations in attire and behavior. Administrators don’t allow for grinding, “legs between legs,” but he notes “it doesn’t mean it didn’t happen.”
Chaperones — parents, teachers and administrators — monitor dances and warn students if their actions become inappropriate, sometimes asking students to leave. Districts have taken steps to monitor the music played by disc jockeys, but sometimes, Schrock said, “raunchy songs” still slip by. The district’s newly contracted disc jockey played songs this year that the administration had previously “blacklisted,” when students requested them, he said.
The dancing has “gotten more touchy-feely, if you will,” but it’s not as prevalent as some make it to be, said Fowlerville High School Principal Brad Lusk.
“It’s about 50/50,” he said, of inappropriate versus appropriate dancing.
“We just don’t want the students in a situation where they are acting out inappropriately or putting another student in an uncomfortable situation,” Lusk said.
The Dance Project this year hosted two swing dance classes prior to Howell High School’s homecoming dance, and had instructors on hand at the event. It’s a part of the project’s effort to reach out to schools.
Schrock said while the group is helping to change students’ dance styles, he believes there’s more work to be done. Of the 1,800 students attending the homecoming dance, about 100 pursued the swing dance avenue, he said.
“They’re going counterculture, which isn’t an easy thing to do,” he said.
To date, The Dance Project has given lessons at 11 schools in three counties. The program has also inspired students to start local swing groups at middle and high schools, as well as colleges.
Participants are required to sign a student-standards contract prior to attending a sponsored event. The waiver has participants pledge to dress modestly and to avoid vulgar speech and moving in a way that makes others feel “physically violated.” It also requests respect of adults, requiring students to address chaperones by “Mr.” or “Mrs.,” unless given permission to do so otherwise.
On the waiver is Bible verse 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.”
“The more people we reach, the better,” Nicholson said. “We want students to know they have a choice.”
For more details about The Dance Project, visit http://www.thedanceproject.info.
This is not the FOX TROT. No way. The hottest new dance move comes by virtue of Ylvis’s comedy hit ‘WHAT DOES THE FOX SAY”. The dance is not easy to learn, but if you are ready to put in a little effort our School Dance Network dance pal Matt Steffanina will walk you through it. By the time the Holiday dance gets here, you can have it down. Ready to
October 7 2013 – The weeks Safe Songs TOP 10
…”Marry Me” music video proposal ? America’s super star couple Jason Derulo and Jordan Sparks are not yet engaged….it’s just a video. The song has been added as #30 to this weeks list. Get the complete list by signing up as a School subscriber or DJ Member.
|LW||TW||ARTIST||TITLE||Prime Cuts #||BPM||Needs Edit||HS|
|2||2||Jay Z-Timberlake||Holy Grail||201329||72||**Edits in Jay Z Rap||HS|
|3||3||Drake||Hold on We’re going home||201332||100|
|10||5||AVICCI||Wake Me Up||201326||122|
|4||6||Capital Cities||Safe and Sound||201249||118|
|8||7||J. Cole||Crooked Smile||201323||82||**Needs Edits. No MS Play||HS|
|12||8||Taylor Swift/Ed Sheeran||Everything has Changes||201327||79|
This generation is far from lazy. These millennials help put things into perspective.
A small high school in Marshfield Wisconsin has sidelined (permenantly) the dance team coach. Why… a dance routine they performed to the Robin Thicke song, “Blurred Lines.” Is this carrying things a little too far?
This is what you would call a YOUTUBE sensation…nearly 50 million people have viewed it. Ylvis is a comedy duo from Bergen, Norway, consisting of brothers Bård and Vegard Ylvisåker.
The Background? “This song is made for a TV show and is supposed to entertain a few Norwegians for three minutes — and that’s all. It was done just a few days ago and we recently had a screening in our office. About 10 people watched — nobody laughed.”
They were surprise guests at the I heart music festival in Vegas last Friday….and watch for it to explode on radio. It’s goofy, its fun and it is a perfect party song for teens at school dances. Play it this weekend, I guarantee you’ll get a huge reaction.
Miley Cyrus has another new song….this one is not on our DO NOT PLAY List….but it would be on our DO NOT WATCH list if we had one. Her video is nothing short of disgusting.
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|LW||TW||ARTIST||TITLE||Prime Cuts #||BPM||Needs Edit||HS|
|3||1||Jay Z-Timberlake||Holy Grail||201329||72||**Edits in Jay Z Rap||HS|
|1||3||Zedd / Ft Foxes||Clarity||201305||128|
|6||4||Drake||Hold on We’re going home||201332||100|
|8||5||Capital Cities||Safe and Sound||201249||118|
|2||7||Justin Timberlake||Take Back the Night||201329||109|
|10||8||J. Cole||Crooked Smile||201323||82||**Needs Edits. No MS Play||HS|
|7||9||Robin Thicke||Blurred Lines||201322||120||Edit B**ch and A**|