A man and woman grinding.

Grinding, also known as juking, freak dancing or freaking (in the Caribbean, wining[1]) is a type of close partner dance where two or more dancers rub or bump their bodies against each other, usually with a female dancer rubbing or bumping her buttocks against a male dancer's genital area. The male dancer will typically place his hands on the female dancer's waist, hips, or buttocks.[2][3]

Grinding gained widespread popularity as a hip hop dance[4] in night clubs, and eventually became popular at high school dances and proms in the US and Canada[5] where it has garnered controversy and has resulted in attempted bans.[6] A more graphic version called daggering involves a man slamming his genital area into a woman's buttocks.

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  1. ^ Gewertz, Catherine (2001-02-27). ""Freak Dancing" Craze Generates Friction, Fears". Washington Post.
  2. ^ Kennedy-Moore, Eileen (February 18, 2013). "They Call That Dancing?! Can grinding at high school dances be stopped?". Psychology Today.
  3. ^ Ronen, Shelly (June 2010). "Grinding on the dance floor: Gendered Scripts and Sexualized Dancing at College Parties". Gender & Society. 24 (3): 355–377. doi:10.1177/0891243210369894. S2CID 146222604.
  4. ^ "Freaked Out: Teens' Dance Moves Split a Texas Town". Wall Street Journal. 19 November 2007.
  5. ^ Black, Rosemary. "'Dance Like Grandma's Watching': High schools nationwide crack down on freak dancing, grinding" New York Daily News (February 18, 2010). Accessed: February 17, 2010.
  6. ^ Ordway, Renee. "A grinding halt for Bangor High School dances?". Bangor Daily News (January 12, 2010). Accessed: July 2, 2011