Grinding/Freak Dancing at School Dances
September 20, 2011 8:36am CST
Back in my childhood, school dances were innocent, playful functions. We did the twist, the Macarena, the Chicken Dance, and the YMCA. Ditto for middle school, because the dances were just as good as the last. Back then, the Cha-Cha-Slide was the thing! But come high school things started to change. There was a dance party which was part of the Christian teen retreat and there was grinding. So I caved in, but luckily, the staff told us to dance something else. I went to Homecoming in my senior year and saw a lot of kids freak dancing. That time no one stopped them, so I joined in. Homecoming was fun, but the allure of bum-on-crotch dancing and me participating in it made me swear that I'll never get in this situation again. I should have not caved into the freaking in the first place because I was well educated on party dances. I went to prom with my prom date and fortunately neither of us grind danced, although a vast majority of participants did. Bum-on-crotch dancing comes in many forms: hands-on-the-knees, on-the-wall, or on the floor, to name but some. One dance move in the genre is called the Jersey Turnpike, which is grinding with hands on the floor. (I for one rather drive the part of the real deal north of Exit 11 with windows down than perform this dance!) I understand the whys of grind dancing. Teens learned it from TV or their peers and they claim that it's the only way to dance. Haven't they danced other dances in their childhood and then threw their knowledge away? No wonder some schools are cancelling dances. So, what do you think of grinding at school functions?
• United States
20 Sep 11
If grind dancing and freak dancing were the only forms of dancing then i think shows like "So you think you can dance" would be extinct. If you put a slow dance type of song and people start grind dancing clearly there is something wrong lol... depends on music choice as well as the participants as well. As for WHY this has become so popular no one really can pinpoint it. Most fads come out due to some popular artist or actor/actress doing a particular thing.. that's the only thing that comes to mind.