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Vt. high school dance canceled; some upset by ban

January 7, 2011

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SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt.—A Vermont high school's winter ball has been canceled at least in part because of slow ticket sales caused by a ban on the style of dancing known as "grinding."

South Burlington High School Principal Patrick Burke says that with poor ticket sales the financial risks of renting a hall for the ball were too great. It had been scheduled for Jan. 16.

Some students say they didn't want to attend the dance because of the prohibition on grinding, a form of dancing in which partners rub their bodies against each other, with each person usually facing the same direction.

Some find the dance to be too sexually provocative.

Burke tells the Burlington Free Press he was asked to relax the grinding ban, but he refused.

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Information from: The Burlington Free Press, http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com