Newest high school dance no-no: Freak dancing

Newest high school dance no-no: Freak dancing

By Michelle Woo
The Arizona Republic
Apr. 20, 2005

While on the lookout for those trying to spike the punch bowl or sneak past the ticket-taker, chaperones across the Valley are watching for another high school dance no-no – freak dancing.

At a recent dance at McClintock High School in Tempe, teachers and administrators paced the gymnasium, reminding students to “face each other.” The deejay stopped the music to make a warning announcement.

“I went home and said, ‘Dad, kids at school are having sex on the dance floor,'” said 16-year-old Curtis G.

Sometimes known as “booty dancing,” the “grind” or the “nasty,” freak dancing is defined by as “when a female places her buttocks onto the zipper area of a man’s pants, and then vibrates vigorously.” The popular dance style has been around for years, but many schools have started taking more active approaches to keeping it off campus.

Marty Hoeffel, principal at Alhambra High School in Phoenix, said school dance floors have become “progressively more graphic,” with students mirroring the hip-gyrating moves they see on MTV. After receiving a number of complaints, the student government decided to launch a campaign called “Got Respect?” to let teens know what type of dance conduct is expected.

Students formed a dirty dancing committee, creating posters, making campus TV announcements, and working with school administrators on setting up rules and consequences.

“It’s degrading and needs to come to a stop,” said committee chair Angelica Lopez. “Younger students are uncomfortable.”

Lopez said students might soon be handed a no-freak-dancing contract, to read and sign before entering school dances.

High schools in the Dysart Unified School District often host formal or semi-formal dances, a tactic used to keep dancing tasteful. District spokesman Tim Tait said it works. Administrators haven’t witnessed any recent problems and ticket sales have increased.

“If students dress as adults, they’ll behave as adults,” Tait said.

But Nicole Haeussler, 15, a student at Centennial High School in Peoria, said freak dancing shouldn’t be viewed as something offensive, but rather as a form of expression. It’s how people dance to hip-hop and R&B, she said. Adults just don’t understand.

When Haeussler attended a Valley prom this month, she said most of the songs played were “songs you can only freak to.” She said the dance style is fun because it allows teens to dance in large groups.

“You can’t dance formally to 50 Cent’s Candy Shop,” Haeussler said. “If you’re going to pay $100 for prom, you should be able to dance however you want.”

Haeussler said that if freak dancing were banned at school, students would just take their bumping and grinding elsewhere.

Many high school seniors flock to chaperone-free hangouts like The Buzz in Scottsdale, a nightclub that markets itself to an under-21-year-old crowd. On a giant dance floor illuminated by laser lights, guys and girls swivel and sweat to the fast thumping beat.

Marc Boileau, co-owner of The Buzz, said door hosts occasionally tell couples who are simulating sexual acts on the dance floor to cut it out, but that doesn’t happen very often. Unless it gets out of hand, Boileau said, he believes older teens should be able to make their own decisions on how they will dance.

“If you watch music videos, that’s what goes on now,” Boileau said. “But if I had a teenage girl, I wouldn’t like her to do that.”

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13 Responses to Newest high school dance no-no: Freak dancing

  1. I hate freak dancing!!!!!!!

  2. I HATE FREAK DANCING WITH ALL MY HEART! It is ruining my high school dance experience and I’m a freshman! But now I know that my friends can’t handle peer pressure because they all do it. It angers me soooo much!!!

  3. Grinding or freak dancing..whatever you want to call it is an expression. Though a school can make whatever rules they please, they take an enormous risk. My school in Va suffered greatly from their “contracts” they made us sign. Students just demanded their money back. It is no worth the money and time if an individual cannot express themselves. If a school supports learning other forms of dancing, then what about the Rumba. One of the most sexually explicit latin ballroom dances. If this persists, schools will lose money from the loss of attendance. Teens will seek another, unsafe/unsupervised, place to behave how they want. Except for in those places they will drink, get high, and possibly injure themselves or others. These things need to be considered before banning a form of expression. If school claim that their students are “having sex” on the dance floor than maybe their chaperones are not doing an efficient job at supervising. If a couple were actually participating in a sexual act on the dance floor, everyone around would know. High school students especially do not have the maturity level to overlook their friend participating in that kind of behavior. Everyone would be trying to get a peek at the couple “going at it”. I am 18 years old and I am not about to pay an outrageous amount for a supervised event just to be told how I can move on the dance floor.

  4. Freak dancing is degrading to the girls who do it..the guys on the other hand are having a blast. The first time I saw it, it reminded me of those movies where the girls have sex just to kee the boy. Its a sick expression of male domination and any self-respecting girl would not ever do it!

  5. Its dry-humping. call it what you want, its still dry-humping.

  6. To Bobbie and others who talk about expressing themselves:

    I think people should be able to express themselves. I also think that certain expressions are inappropriate for certain circumstances.

    Just as moshing is not permissable at a school dance for it’s risk of danger, freak dancing is an imitation of a sexual act (or dry-humping as someone else said). I also agree that it can appear degrading to women, whether the couple dancing feels this way or not.

    A student can express themselves in many ways. Those that know how to freak dance can also express themselves in dance whithout freak dancing. My first reaction though was to think about someone on the dance floor jumping around and giving everyone the finger. Should that guy/girl have the right to express themself in that fashion…?

  7. Where do I start? I jumped on the grinding bandwagon when I was at a dance party in my church youth ministry’s retreat and had no problem with that. But at homecoming as a senior, I danced it for the final time and was link of a grind chain. I didn’t do it at prom and felt proud (albeit a bit guilty that I have to miss out, but it’s the right thing to do).

    Well, I learned now that grinding’s other name, the “nasty,” is just like it says on the manual on how to dance it. Oh, and the waltz was the first “nasty” dance because moralists (mainly Catholics) give a cow over the closed positions. But hey, at least it’s cleaner.

  8. ok, seriously! you all need to chill. I just wanna say that the first time i was at my high school dance i was kinda intimidated by it…i had some friends in the upper grades thought, and they showed me to an older guy, i mean it was the first time i freak danced that night. First off its was fun, i do it all the time now, weather its with my guy friends, or my girl friends, its just a way of dancing. its just a matter of shaking your hips to the music thats all, and a little close contact…but really? if you dont wanna touch dont go to a dance! its just a way of expressing yourself in the dances… i feel that a lot of the contravercy is because you can grind with girl girl friends. i do it all the time. But by banning it its almost like saying screw lesbians. Honestly i think that if people are gonna ban freaking its almost like banning dancing between any kind of couples. Its just fun and a little thrill in your high school life. And would you rather students be out drinking and being high so they can dance elsewhere? before banning freak dancing, how bout you think what that means other kids will be getting into if they’re not at the dances…

  9. Honestly if your reading this comment or any others you shouldn’t be b/c all of them could be just bs. Just b/c someone says their a freshman and they don’t like freak dancing doesn’t actually mean in real life they even go to highschool. In other words don’t read these comments b/c none of them have any credibility

  10. Why are young people still freak dancing in 2012? Won’t they ever come up with something different? People did the Charleston in 1925. By 1930 they had new dances. Freak dancing is like 10 years old or older. Those who do it look bored out of their minds.

  11. I want to be a good dancer

  12. I would not pay money and get all dressed up to rub up on someone for 2 or 3 hours. It is pointless! It really takes the fun out of the whole school dance experience.

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