Middle School Dance Music

By Nigel Law

Most people in the middle school have been to a middle school dance at some point in their recent lives, including me. Dances are very popular among students, for a number of reasons. For one thing, dances are a great time to be social; not to meet new people, but to simply hang out with friends, trying to scream comprehensive speech to one another over the music. For some reason, I am labeling this as a positive, but I must assume that it is fun for some because so many do it.

In addition, many are fond of the music. However, this is where things become a little shaky in my book. Firstly, there is the “dancing” that it provokes. This consists of a primary choreography, and that is jumping up and down with one’s arm raised and one’s hand in a fist. Granted, there are variations of this (i.e. doing the charlie brown with an arm raised, jumping up and down with a hand outstretched, or, dare I say it, doing the charlie brown with a hand outstretched), but even among the kids who go to dances, there is a general consensus that this is true. If we are honest with ourselves, we know that this not real dancing, it can’t be.

Secondly, we could actually pay attention to the songs’ lyrics. Nearly every single song that is played at a school dance either has nonsensical lyrics, or lyrics that are simply full of crude double-entendres or flat-out explicit. The DJ’s almost never play clean versions of songs, and a song without a reference to drugs, alcohol or sex is a rare thing. Despite all this, however, kids either don’t seem to notice the profanity in the songs, or they simply don’t care.