Dirty dancing is a constitutional right, claim students at a Washington-area high school. It’s a matter of free expression.
Gerald Black, principal of Loudoun Valley High School, required students to sign a pledge that they will “face each other” on the dance floor for the Homecoming Dance. Drugs, alcohol and “freak dancing” also are banned, reports the Washington Post. Black wanted to stop “back-to-front dancing in which a girl gyrates her hips against the pelvis of a guy standing behind her.” He thinks it’s suggestive.
But the pledge has sparked a student-led protest about freedom and self-expression. More than 300 students signed a petition complaining that the rule is “arbitrary, irregular and in violation of . . . First Amendment freedoms of expression in all forms,” said senior Anton Soukup, 17.
Another student printed a T-shirt with the message, “How are we supposed to do the hokeypokey if we can’t turn ourselves around?”
. . . “This is our generation’s version of the twist,” said Jessica Nauta, 17. “A lot of older people think it’s a sexual act. It’s really not.”
Count me among the older people who think it’s a sexual act performed in public at a school event. I like the T-shirt, though.