Iroquois HS updates school dance rules, banning “twerking” and “grinding”

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ELMA, N.Y. (WIVB) — Western New York is about to see its very own version of the movie “Footloose” after a school in Erie County banned “twerking” and “grinding” from school grounds.

Iroquois Central School District officials rolled out an 11-point addition to their rules and codes of conduct for students at dances, cracking down on what school leaders are deeming as inappropriate behavior.

The rules, which are in effect as of Jan. 1, and will impact the school’s Winter Ball on Feb. 27, include ticket, attendance and dancing regulations.

All dances will be monitored, and no students from outside the school — including graduates — will be allowed to attend. Before a student is allowed to attend a dance, the student’s parents or guardians must have sat through a mandatory drug and alcohol awareness program, hosted by the school’s principal.

Tickets must be purchased in advance, and students must show up promptly, as late arrivals past one hour will not be admitted.

If a student makes it through each of those hoops, they must be dressed appropriately, pass a breathalyzer test and check coats and purses into a separate room, which won’t be accessible during the dance.

Finally, once on the floor, students will be regulated in how they express their movement. Twerking, a newer dance move in which a dancer gyrates his or her butt in a low or squatting stance, and grinding, or dirty dancing, will not be permitted.

The school reserves the right to escort any dancers out who violate the school’s rules.

It’s not yet known if the rules will impact attendance. To see the entire list of rules, click here. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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