WATCH: High school coach fired after ‘Blurred Lines’ dance
MARSHFIELD, Wisc. - A dance team’s moves to a popular song sidelines a high school coach’s career. Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” captured the title for most plays on the radio ever in one week.
But Wisconsin high school dance coach Lisa Jolin was fired in August, three days after her team performed a route to the song at halftime. She said students picked the song.
“We edited the music to make it appropriate for a high school dance team,” she said.
After the routine, school leaders told Jolin they’d received complaints.
“I got no specifications on how many phone calls were made, no specifics on what was said, no specifics on exactly what they were unhappy with, was it the performance was it the movement, the song choice?” she asked.
School leaders involved in the decision declined to comment for this story.
“Action was taken to remove Ms. Jolin from the assignment as high school dance coach based on appropriate reasons and following district protocols,” Superintendent Peg Geegan said in a statement. “Personnel matters are confidential, so further information will not be forthcoming from the district.”
The dance team had seven members when during the August performance. Parents and students said two members quit following Jolin’s firing.