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Twerking Banned From Maryland High School Dance Because 'Some Kids Feel Left Out'

10/24/2013 09:35 am ET | Updated Oct 24, 2013

Miley Cyrus, it's all your fault.

A Maryland high school has effectively banned twerking and other forms of sexually provocative moves from its homecoming dance.

In order to attend the event, students at Annapolis High School and their parents will have to sign a "dance contract" prohibiting sexually explicit behavior, CBS Baltimore reports. That means "no grinding, intimate touching or dancing with your buttocks touching or in the air."

If you don't have the contract, you can't get in; if you break it, you'll get kicked out. Similar bans have been enacted by high schools in Anne Arundel County, and across the nation.

Media outlets reporting on the ban have pointed at Miley Cyrus' MTV Video Music Awards performance as an example of twerking's newfound prominence in mainstream pop culture. School officials told the Capital Gazette that raunchy dancing alienates some students.

“This, unfortunately, has become the norm. Some of this crazy dancing that makes others feel uncomfortable,” Annapolis Principal Susan Chittim told the newspaper. “Some kids feel left out because of the dancing that occurs.”

Annapolis students interviewed by CBS Baltimore didn't seem too upset about the twerking ban. Could it be because summer's hottest dance trend is already passé?

“I know my parents would never know what that was, but now they know what twerking is,” student Bailey Greene told the station.

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