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The Twist

By: Ardis E. Parshall - February 26, 2014

Church News, 3 February 1962: —

MIA Bans the “Twist”

After careful consideration and discussion, the executives and general boards of the MIA have issued the following statement:

The “twist” should not be done in the cultural halls of our Church. This dance is not up to the standards of good taste. Since it is a self-expression dance, it is felt that even if it were taught in a dignified and modest manner, the participants through their self-expression could make it undignified and immodest. We feel therefore, that it should not be done at our dances and should be discouraged at all times among our young people. Encourage our young people to be leaders in high standards of conduct and not follow the world in lower standards of conduct.”



  1. It’s a slippery slope kind of thing. You let them do “The Twist” and before the dance is over, they will be doing the “Mashed Potato” for sure. It was for the best, I’m sure.

    Comment by Carl C. — February 26, 2014 @ 7:35 am

  2. And to think they’ve played some version of the song “The Twist” at church dances for the last 30 odd years. It’s tough being fuddy duddy age at a youth dance these days.

    Comment by IDIAT — February 26, 2014 @ 8:29 am

  3. Oh how sad that I actually recall being told “The Twist” was banned in the late 60’s when I started attending youth dances. Also, none of that “Self expression” stuff, next thing you know they will be doing the free skate at the Olympics.

    Comment by kevinf — February 26, 2014 @ 9:30 am

  4. I remember this well. In the North Sevier Stake it was banned, but I remember we could go to the near-by Richfield Stake. When it got late the adult leaders in Richfield went home and we could twist the last few dances before midnight.

    Comment by Jeffery Johnson — February 26, 2014 @ 11:52 pm

  5. Best comment of the day, Jeff!

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — February 27, 2014 @ 4:48 am

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