CALL IT ‘BOOTY DANCING,’ ‘GRINDING’ OR ‘THE NASTY’ — BUT SOME ARE CALLING IT TOO MUCH, WITH MOVES THAT GO A FEW STEPS TOO FAR … Dirty Dancing
BYLINE: Kirk Kicklighter; Staff
DATE: March 8, 2001
PUBLICATION: The Atlanta Journal and The Atlanta Constitution
EDITION: Home; The Atlanta Constitution
Dana Gallaty, a seventh grader at Fayette Middle School, doesn’t booty dance, though her other dance moves would look smooth even on “Soul Train.” She says her teachers and chaperones usually issue warnings aboutbooty dancing, then kick students out of dances if the behavior persists.
"Some kids think it’s cool, but I don’t do it," Gallaty adds. "It doesn’t seem right for us to be doing that on a dancefloor.”
Principal Paul Bianchi of Atlanta’s Paideia School reached the same conclusion after some seventh- and eighth-graders did the booty at a school function last fall.
"It wasn’t like the devil had descended on Ponce de Leon Avenue, but the faculty decided it was too much too soon, so we put an end to it," Bianchi says. "We were also conscious not to promote a sense of shame around it… . Sex is a fact of life, and sexuality among youth is a reality."
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