So how do schools and parents curb that disturbing dance? Well, here are some solutions:
Contracts Teaching them to Dance “Face to Face with Space”
Oh yeah, the contracts in which students and parents have to sign are parts of one solution. A growing number of schools issue those each time students pay admission to the dance to remind them how to dance and how not to.
But a contract dictating what moves are prohibited is draconian enough to deter some students from the dance. They feel that dancing rules take the fun out of dancing and that it’s their only method of dancing for fun. (See “Why Teens Grind.”)
Switching the Lights on (as Well as Lame Music)
Oftentimes, school dances and other functions take place where the only methods of lighting are disco balls and light balls. But when there is at least one couple grinding or at least one “grind chain,” the DJ may turn on the lights as well as remind dancers not to dance like that. Sometimes, they might play lame music, such as theme songs from much-loathed children’s shows. (Think of the theme from Barney & Friends!) Some schools find it effective, but some schools have little success because teens are going to do it anyway.
The Old Ballroom Dance Lessons Trick
Teens feel that freak dancing is their only method of social dancing, so a few schools offer either mandatory or voluntary classes in ballroom dancing to have them learn varied methods of dancing. Instructors can teach them school-friendly moves for swing, tango, salsa, and other dances. For parents who don’t want their children to grind, this is one of their ideal solutions.
But instructors are really hard to find (as well as expensive to obtain, especially for financially-struggling schools). Even some students who are candidates for teaching ballroom dancing because they are very good at it prefer bum-on-pelvis dancing just like virtually everyone else. Oh, and didn’t I mention that most of the music for the “proper” dances are lame?
It’s a school dance, not a full-blown, fancy, fraught with gowns and knee-breeches, Regency-era (think 1795-1830) cotillion!
Dance bands with a good mix of electric and acoustic instruments are solutions to the issue at hand. A lot of them play music so good that partygoers are not likely to form grind chains, let alone grind in pairs. (It’s also a boon to those who hate piped-in music!)
But hiring a live band to deter grinding is more than just expensive compared to a DJ. Most of the music they play is lame enough to keep students from dancing. Besides, students connote live bands with big bands they play at “old school” wedding receptions of the rich, with all the Glenn Miller and senior citizens swing dancing. Pretty dweebish, isn’t it?
Canceling All Dances
The most extreme measure to curtail “the nasty” is to scrap all dances until a solution is found. But what about the seniors who will miss their proms because their schools canceled it? That’s what students fear - dancing at school-sponsored events will be obsolete when this action is taken!