Some students at Grand Blanc question 'dirty dancing' crackdown
By Andrew Keller, Multimedia Journalist - bio | email
GRAND BLANC, MI (WNEM) -
"They started playing the Hokey Pokey, Disney's 100 Greatest Hits," Zoie Powers said as she explained what she calls the debacle of a homecoming dance at Grand Blanc this past weekend.
Powers and her friend Erica Foote are freshmen at Grand Blanc High School and they say school officials ruined what should have been a fun homecoming night.
"We were really excited, we spend all day getting ready, you buy hundred-dollar dresses and rent suits or whatever, and then you get there, and you're so disappointed," said Powers.
The girls were all "dolled" up, walked into the dance this past Saturday night and said they practically just walked right back out. School officials cracked down on suggestive dancing with a school policy stating students can only dance face-to-face with no sexual gestures. And those who were dirty dancing got the boot.
"Everyone's showing up expecting to be able to dance how they want, just have fun, it's homecoming, everyone is really excited, but then you get there, everyone's getting in trouble, everyone's leaving, no one's having any fun," said Foote.
The two girls said by the end of the dance, more than half of the dancegoers had already left. Some got kicked out, others, like Powers and Foote, were just frustrated. Val Foote, Erica's mother, said she got a call from her daughter 35 minutes after another parent had dropped her off.
"It was chaos, there were kids everywhere, trying to get on their party buses, trying to have their parents pick them up, wandering all over Grand Blanc," said Val Foote.
She's not happy at the school's crackdown, but Jim Lyon, whose 14-year-old daughter was also at the dance, believes the school made the right move.
"I was young once too, and so were a lot of dads, so I think a lot of parents agree with it, it's unfortunate that it had to come to this, but actually in this day and age, it's a good rule, I like it," said Lyon.
TV5 did try to contact Grand Blanc High School after school hours on Monday night with no luck. We did find out the school has sent parents emails reaffirming the school rules on dancing during school functions.
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