The girls that are members of the Jonesboro High in Georgia have unfortunately been labeled as the “Sluts of Jonesboro” because of a provocative dance routine and its subsequent video. The routine was too provocative for a high school basketball game, although no more provocative than any given music video you can see at 3 p.m. The Jonesboro High dance team cannot perform for the rest of the year, as they have been disbanded by Clayton County school officials.
A video of the routine was initially posted on YouTube, and it was titled, “Sluts of Jonesboro.”
The Jonesboro High Dance Team Routine
The Jonesboro High dance team routine uses some stripper-like choreography and a lot of pelvic movements. The use of a chair, upon which the girls stood in the beginning of the routine, is what posed part of the biggest probelm with the routine.
Chairs and Dance Routines
While chairs have been used in dance routines in pop culture, the chair in dance, can sometimes be too provocative. Syesha Mercado’s use of a chair during an American Idol routine gave her performance a slightly burlesque and cabaret feel.
The chair has been used in provocative dance scenes in movies, including Flashdance. It was used in a non-sexual way by Julia Stiles in Save the Last Dance.
There is also a Madonna video with a chair routine that is sexually provocative. Janet Jackson used one as well, but she took power of the chair, and the routine was not overtly sexual or distasteful.
The biggest and most controversial part of the dance routine by the Jonesboro High dance team came when they each sat a boy from the audience down in the chair and danced for them, and around them.
Socks are Not Thigh Highs
The girls have also been accused of inappropriate dress. The Atlanta Journal Constitution is reporting that the girls wore “thigh highs.” A pair of thigh highs is a pair of nylons with an elastic that rests on the upper thighs. A pair of thigh highs is sexy and would not be appropriate high school gym attire.
However, watching the video it is obvious that the Jonesboro High dance team is wearing over-the-knee socks. The socks are not black nylon, or fishnets. They are white athletic-style socks which go over the knee, and have black stripes at the top. The socks themselves are more Miley Cyrus than Britney Spears.
Calling the socks the girls wore “thigh highs” is not only incorrect, it seeks to provoke a certain reaction from the readers.
Who Wears Short Shorts?
While some of the Jonesboro High dance team is wearing short shorts, at least one dancer had on longer shorts, which looked more like bike shorts. One of the dancers had to keep readjusting her shorts and was obviously not comfortable wearing them.
Where Were the Adults?
Typically when a high school or middle school performance team is practicing a routine for a show, there is an adult involved at some point in the process. Cheerleaders, dance teams and bands all have a teacher or volunteer adult who helps them out with their practices, and sometimes the choreography. The Jonesboro High dance team had to have practiced this routine at some point. How is that no adults from the school, and none of their parents saw the routine or parts of the routine before it made its way to the gym floor, and to the Internet?
The adults who saw the routine live did complain. Too bad none of them cared enough to help guide these young dancers before they hit the floor.
Performance video, http://www.wsbtv.com/news/18582335/detail.html
“Jonesboro High dance team disbanded after provocative routine,”http://www.ajc.com/news/content/metro/clayton/stories/2009/01/27/jonesboro_high_dancers.html