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Just too racy: Dance coach fired over team’s performance

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MARSHFIELD (AP) — A dance coach fired after her team performed to an edited version of Robin Thicke’s popular but racy hit “Blurred Lines” has filed a discrimination complaint with the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.

Coach Lisa Joling says in her complaint that male coaches who allowed more egregious songs to be played in locker rooms or at school functions faced no penalties.

Joling tells News-Herald Media  that her firing has hurt her reputation and the private business she owns.

“Blurred Lines” topped the Billboard 100 chart for 12 weeks, but critics say its sexually suggestive lyrics perpetuate misogynistic attitudes toward women.

The dance team performed to the song at the first home football game.

Marshfield School District Superintendent Peg Geegan says the district is reviewing Joling’s complaint.


  • Lindsay

    I am a dance coach as well for a high school, and I don’t think she should have used that song even if it was edited, my girls has a protion of that song in a routine ( not the bad parts) and I told them to take it out before we showed the music to our athletic director (which we have to do every preformance) BUT I do agree that other sports team play racy music, during warm up and school dance do the same. A lot of people think once you start dancing to a certian song, it becomes more racy. But if you are just dribbling a ball warming up, that’s ok.

  • Lyndey

    Did you see the routine?? How do you know it was a “Stripper routine” just because they use a certian song does not mean the particular moves they did were bad.

  • cynic

    You’re right I didn’t see it. They could very well have performed a Viennese Waltz to Blurred Lines and I would never know. Silly me for jumping to conclusions.

  • john

    Do folks know she owns a private studio as well? Hmmm. I wonder if an educated owner of a private studio understands the difference between what she can teach students at her school vs. what is appropriate if you are working for the public schools. Could it be that when she is the employer she can decide what is appropriate but when she is an employee in a public school she should actually consider what her boss and the public might think of the display?

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