Who is supervising the kids at the dances?
Blackboard Music, which has been hosting teen dances throughout the Portland Metro area for more than a decade, provides the DJ, a dance director, and security personnel for each of the dances. The dance director has the primary responsibility for oversight at the dance, supported by a team of background-checked volunteers and representatives from West Linn Police. Our volunteers consist of moms and dads just like you, college students, and some older teens who want to be positive role models for younger teens.
A typical dance has around 30-35 volunteers supporting the paid Blackboard Music staff and the West Linn police officers who are in attendance. Of these volunteers, around 10-15 are high schoolers, age 16 or older, who are both background-checked and have submitted a personal reference. Our high school volunteers are generally either leaders in Willamette Christian Church’s middle school program or National Honor Society members volunteering to fulfill their community service requirements or.
What goes on at a Middle School Dance?
The dances are a safe, fun, supervised place for kids to dance or just hang out. At every dance we enforce a code of conduct and a dress code. Each and every participant that enters the dance is screened by security for inappropriate items. Kids are not allowed to leave the dances until a parent comes inside to escort them out of the event.
What type of music is played?
We play edited versions of most top 40 popular music that is on the radio and TV, as well as a liberal dose of techno and dance club mixes. And if you arrive to pick up your student as the last song is playing, you might hear strains of a song by Journey being played – accompanied by a chorus of cheers and boos from the crowd.
If you let your student watch PG-13 movies and listen to radio stations such as Z100 and WILD107.5, they are not going to hear anything at the dance they have not heard before.
Is the Middle School Dance appropriate for my student?
Only you can decide if our dances are appropriate for your student, which is why we encourage you to volunteer at a dance before you make that decision. If you are unable to volunteer, you are always welcome to come inside to see what goes on in the dances. One of the Middle School Dance team leaders or Blackboard staff would be happy to give you a guided tour of the dance. We do not allow parents to mingle with the kids unsupervised during the dance as a safety precaution. Only Blackboard Music staff, West Linn police officers, or volunteers who have completed a Middle School Dance background check are allowed to have unsupervised contact with the kids at the dance.
In the end you need to decide if this dance is right for your student, so please feel free to volunteer, come in and check out a dance, or contact Middle School Pastor Dayne Scanlon with any questions.