A few weeks ago, I held a Q&A at the end of a community event. During this segment, a dance instructor asked my opinion of the usage of  Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’ for performance purposes. Without hesitation, I said that I would never consider using the song, explaining that I primarily work with children (under the age of 18). She followed-up and asked if I felt it would be appropriate if the “b” word was removed. Of course, I said “no” because the suggestive premise of the song is still strongly prevalent, even if the explicitly inappropriate words are removed.

We have touched on this subject via the following articles:

Listen to the Lyrics

Competitive Appropriateness: Time to Class It Up!

But, what does it take for this message to infiltrate the youth-oriented dance industry?

In early October, nearly every news segment covered the August firing of a Wisconsin based high school dance team coach after the team performed a routine to the song ‘Blurred Lines’. The choreography was not inappropriate, and the coach did not have any sort of underlying malicious intent in allowing it to be performed; BUT, the coach allowed her students to select the music and did not redirect them once this choice was made.

As leaders , we have to set the standard for our businesses, classes, organizations, and teams. We can choose to listen to anything on our own time, and our students can, too, but when we are in a position of leadership, we must take it very seriously. We are building communities and cultures and serving as influential role models, and we should all be held to an exceptionally high, unwavering standard.

Let’s make it our mission to unblur the lines regarding appropriateness and dance.

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