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Selma dance team sidelined for moves

SELMA (AP) — Selma High School's dance team has been benched until they have "cleaner" routines to perform, after parents at an opposing school complained that the group was "dirty dancing." But not all agree with the decision.

School officials nixed the high school dance line before last week's game at Montgomery's Cramton Bowl against Sidney Lanier, claiming complaints had accumulated.

"The board of education wanted to make sure it was not disrespecting young girls, who we're trying to make finer women," said Dr. Verdell L. Dawson, interim superintendent.

Upset parents who say they have no problems with dance routines met earlier this week and said school officials were denying the girls an opportunity to possibly get college scholarships.

"They said the community was complaining. We're part of the community. They're our kids and we're not complaining," said Willie Prince. "The way they're dictating to these children it's not fair to them."

Prince, a Selma High band booster, attended the meeting because he has two sons and two nieces in the band. He said the opponents' dance line at Lanier was more provocative than theirs was.

"The Lanier girls had on something like they wear in Las Vegas," Prince said. "The board wouldn't know because they don't come to the games."

Prince said the dance line is part of the band, and the problem was not with what the girls wore or their field routines, but with dances that were done in the stands.

"It was the bleacher challenge," Prince said, referring to the back and forth competition that takes place between bands during the game.

Dawson said the problems aren't all new since parents had complained their daughters wanted to take part, but wouldn't because they felt the routines were unbecoming.

To remedy the situation, Dawson said they planed more oversight, and the dance line could possibly resume by next Friday's home game.

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