The dance was inspired by student frustration with political polarization in the country. It was choreographed to the song, “Dear Mr. President,” by Pink, with a video displayed in the background.
When the dance was performed earlier for the Kearns student-parent-teacher community, one parent complained in a letter to the Granite School District, which forwarded it to Kearns Principal Stephen Hess.
After reviewing the letter and the lyrics, Hess met with modern dance teacher Michelle Player and told her some of the lyrics in the song were inappropriate for a school setting.
That was in April and Hess thought that was the end of it until Player informed him the morning of the district festival that she intended to use the performance as Kearns’ entry.
Hess, who was not aware of the district festival, told her she couldn’t use it, so Kearns backed out at the last minute.