Mt. Lebanon School Officials Ban “Grinding” At School Dances
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The principal at Mount Lebanon High School has laid down the law when it comes to dancing at school events.
The much-anticipated Winter Wonderland Snowball Dance is set for Saturday night, and a dance called “grinding” has been forbidden.
Back in the day, John Travolta’s moves on the dance floor in “Saturday Night Fever” were all the rage.
And some of you may remember when Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers danced cheek-to-cheek, but there’s another kind of dancing that school officials in Mount Lebanon have given a failing grade.
Donna Kurland, a parent, says she is all for the restriction.
“When I was a kid and we were in Catholic schools, they wanted the width of a phone book between the people when they were dancing,” said Kurland.
“Grinding” is a sexually-suggestive dance where dancers rub or bump their bodies against each other.
It became popular in nightclubs and quickly spread to middle and high schools, but Mount Lebanon says no way it’s going to happen there.
KDKA’s Brenda Waters asked Christa Federico, a student going to the dance, what kind of dancing she was going to do at the Snowball Dance.
She laughed and said,”It won’t be grinding.”
Student Taylor Dumaine says: “It’s kind of whatever for me. Kids can have fun without it, but I think it was pointless to ban it in the first place.”
Another student says he’s indifferent to the ban, adding there are other ways to dance.
Indeed, there are other ways to move your body to the beat; but unless you are dancing like Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, school officials say they will be waltzing you right off the dance floor and out of the building.