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Twerking banned at high school dances

Robin Thicke and Miley Cyrus perform onstage during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, August 25, 2013, in New York City. Photo: Image by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for MTV

Twerking banned at high school dances

By Stephen L. Betts. CREATED Oct 24, 2013

Whether it was her intention or not, Miley Cyrus seems to be responsible for a torrent of warnings about school dances that basically comes down to three simple words: No twerking allowed!

Annapolis High School in Annapolis, Md., is among those getting behind the crackdown on twerking. Baltimore's WJZ-TV reports that the school is also putting an end to other suggestive moves at school dances and requiring students who plan to attend to sign a "dance contract."

They're backing it up by having parents sign it too. No buts about it, students who don’t get the contract signed will not be admitted. Once admitted to the dance, any student who busts out any sexually explicit moves will be asked to leave. While the dance contract is nothing new, getting parents to sign it is.

"Dances have become more provocative in recent years, and we've had some issues at schools frankly," says Bob Mosier of Anne Arundel County Public Schools. Other schools in the county are issuing similar contracts. South River High School, for instance, warns of "freaking, grinding or any other dancing that can be construed as vulgar or provocative" (and adds "including TWERKING" in bold, capital letters).