'Grinding' Dance Prohibited at LZHS
Lake Zurich High School administration says sexually explicit dancing is unacceptable at school sponsored dances.
The Lake Zurich High School administration has issued new rules for student dances and has prohibited “grinding” back-to-front dancing at school functions.
The new rule comes in time for the Lake Zurich High School homecoming dance to be held Saturday, Oct. 6.
The letter said the new rules were in response to students who said they feel uncomfortable with the style of dancing and parents and teachers who voiced their concerns.
The letter says “grinding” has become increasingly popular at school dances and provides a graphic description for parents.
In response to the new rules, a group of students decided to run a separate dance on Oct. 6. According to the group’s Facebook page, “The Real LZ Homecoming,” the dance was to be held at the Lake Barrington Field House. However, the Field House management decided against hosting the dance. Ryan Miller, Lake Barrington Field house manager, announced to Patch on Friday night: "Due to many challenges with the event and some conversations with staff at LZHS, the Lake Barrington Field House will not be hosting an alternative dance or event . . ."
Neighboring Stevenson High School in Buffalo Grove has also issued new rules on school dances. Stevenson provides very specific rules regarding girls dresses and very specific prohibitions against grinding and other dance moves.
Grayslake High School administration sends letters to parents of teenagers reminding kids of appropriate dance behavior.
High schools across the country have been dealing with the issue of inappropriate dancing, for a couple of years. According to msnbc.com, Pacific Hills School in West Hollywood threatened to turn up the lights and play Burt Bacharach if students started to grind. Other schools are requiring students to sign contracts geared toward eliminating “lewd contact”
Editor's note: This article was updated on Sept. 15 to include information from Lake Barrington Field House that the venue will not a host an alternative homecoming dance.