Should Twerking Be Banned at School Dances?

A mom shames her daughter for twerking at a school dance, and parents wonder just how much booty-shaking is too much.

There are plenty of things to worry about when you send your kids off to a school dance: Will there be drinking? Will there be chaperones? Will there be overly skimpy clothes? And, now: Will there be twerking?

Thank you, Miley Cyrus. As if we needed another concern to keep us up at night. And we haven’t even begun to think about high school football games to come, thanks to that foam finger. But that’s another story…

Some schools have attempted to head off the whole trend of suggestively grinding against your partner or twerking (a dance which “involves moving your bottom in very sexual and inappropriate way,” 23ABCNews describes), by simply canceling school dances altogether or -- eek! -- moving the festivities to day time in brightly lit gyms where it’s harder to keep your antics from the watchful eye of Principal Chalmers.

Of course, parents are taking action, too. One California mom, Frances Hena, felt so disrespected by her 11-year-old daughter’s dirty dancing that she disrespected her daughter right back -- by forcing her to stand near a busy intersection with a sign confessing what she’d done, according to Gawker. Hena wants her school to outlaw twerking altogether, the website adds, and we’re quite sure we’ll be hearing more moms and dads calling for twerk-free school zones soon.

So, with apologies to Shakespeare, the question of the year facing administrators may very well be: To twerk or not to twerk?

Have my elementary school-aged daughters tried twerking in our living room? Yes. Was I both mildly amused and horrified at the same time? Yes. Would I want to see them rump-shaking next to a boy at the school dance? No. Would I want the school to put a ban on booty poppin’? No.

Look, every generation has its Miley. For mine, it was Madonna writhing on the MTV stage in a wedding dress. I didn’t run off to homecoming to roll around on the junior high gym floor. And call me naive, but I’m going to trust my kids to know twerking is just a phase while I teach them the Cabbage Patch and the Running Man. Classics.

Dances should be fun -- not about banning this move and sending kids out to face public humiliation for that one. Or, to quote Footloose's wise sage Ren McCormack (a deliciously young Kevin Bacon) who had to fight the whole town for his right to boogie: “Hey, hey! What's this I see? I thought this was a party. LET'S DANCE!”

Just with a little more Running Man, a little less twerking, okay?



Lesley Kennedy writes for's Online Shopping Report. Find her on Twitter @denveralamode and Google +.


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