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Ban on Grinding Leads Vermont School to Cancel Dance

A winter ball at a Vermont high school has been canceled in part because of slow ticket sales caused by a ban on the style of dancing called grinding.

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. -- A winter ball at a Vermont high school has been canceled in part because of slow ticket sales caused by a ban on the style of dancing called grinding.

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

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

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

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