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Freak Dancing In Argyle No Longer An Issue?

You might remember this story from last fall? About how Argyle tried banning freak dancing from its schools?

Well, we've got an update. With prom season in full swing, we were curious about how things were these days in the quiet town of Argyle. Was freak dancing still a concern? Had it been a problem at the prom? And did the "proper dance" instruction the school promised ever actually happen?

In short? Yes, no and yes, according to acting Argyle ISD super-intendant Telena Wright (first-year super-intendant Dr. Jason Ceyanes, who imposed the ban on freak dancing, had his contract terminated by the school board for undisclosed reasons in early March).

The prom took place on April 9 at the DFW Marriott, and, according to Wright, who attended the prom, there was only one slight incident regarding freak dancing.

"The DJ was playing some music that was encouraging that type of dancing," Wright says. "[But] then the songs were mixed up and it wasn't a problem."

The songs were changed after the unfortunately named principal Jeff Butts spoke with the DJ about his choices. Not long after, Wright says, the DJ was back to playing appropriate songs, "like 'Y.M.C.A.,'" which, Wright believes, the students appreciated.

"They danced the whole night," she says.

Besides that one incident, though, there were no other problems, Wright says. With 90 percent of Argyle High School's junior and senior classes in attendance, no students needed more than one warning to stop dancing "inappropriately."

"I believe that the town realizes that that kind of dancing is inappropriate," Wright says. "Bumping and grinding and freak dancing is inappropriate. It was inappropriate and it still is inappropriate."

Still, nothing has yet been put into writing in the school's rules officially banning any sort of freak dancing.

"I wouldn't call it a high priority," Wright says, "but it is a topic that needs to be addressed, probably before the next big dance."

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She says she's curious about how other schools and school districts handle such dance-floor behavior, but she's pleased with the progress her students have made in the meantime. Much of the credit, she says, goes to the hip-hip dancers brought in to help teach the students "proper dance techniques."

"It was just to show the students that you can dance appropriately--face to face--and still have a good time," Wright says.

Kevin Bacon, meanwhile, was not available to provide a dissenting opinion. --Pete Freedman

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