Controversy - little girls dance routine

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Controversy - little girls dance routine
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Fri, 05-14-2010 - 9:40am

Have you seen this video of a group of girls dancing to Beyonce's "Put a Ring on It", it's for a dance competition?

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Registered: 12-17-2007
Fri, 05-14-2010 - 11:44am
Hrmmmm. Yes, clearly they're talented dancers. And while it's questionable as to whether the moves are appropriate, I think the outfits are what bothers me. The dance moves wouldn't seem quite as risque if the girls were more fully clothed. Yikes!

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Registered: 12-18-2007
Fri, 05-14-2010 - 11:58am

I think this is an unfortunate example of encouraging girls to act like women.

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Registered: 07-15-2004
Fri, 05-14-2010 - 12:09pm
wow. I second that the costumes are way way to mature for those girls. Heck I wouldn't want my high school age daughter is something like that. I dance some growing up and none of our moves looked like that. They are talented little girls but the key word there is little. They need to be doing moves approriate for their age not something that looks like it should be done around a pole.


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Fri, 05-14-2010 - 12:27pm

Wow - those girls have serious talent!!! I think, though, that their talent could have still been shown without having to be in such outfits or including some of those moves. They could have even done that song, but dressed more appropriately and taken out some of the bumping/grinding moves.

Honestly, if I didn't know they were 7-8 years old, I would have guessed they were 15-16.

I danced when I was younger (about ages 7-15), and I realize that most of the outfits are form fitting, and dancers wear lots of make-up, etc.. If it's for a competition, you do need to be able to see the technique and the theatrical part - but a line needs to be drawn somewhere.





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Fri, 05-14-2010 - 12:43pm
I think they are very talented little girls, however breast grabbing and gyrating hips suggests other talents, and I think it is COMPLETELY inappropriate for girls who haven't even started menstruating yet to be doing that. As someone said on the iVillage FB, when did Victoria's secret start making clothes for children? I think it as a huge parenting fail. We had cheerleaders with short skirts, and dance teams with little shorts, IN HIGH SCHOOL. All the younger dancers wore full body outfits and tu tu's. In my opinion that dance was not a dance at all, it was a strip tease. Those girls have so much talent but now they are going to be known as the littler girls who did a really dirty dance, and they don't even understand why it was inappropriate because they are so young!






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Fri, 05-14-2010 - 12:59pm

Wow, they are REALLY talented!

Honestly, I think the biggest problem was the costumes. I think if they were dressed more conservatively, it wouldn't be as weird. There actually was relatively little "grinding", and if they were dressed in more normal dance costumes it might be seen as just another dance move, KWIM?

But it did make me feel a little weird watching it, and idk how I would feel about it as a parent of one of those girls. I feel pretty weird in general about high-level competition at a young age, so idk.

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Fri, 05-14-2010 - 4:01pm
Wow...
I agree with you Melissa. The girls obviously put a lot of effort in the routine, and did it very well for their ages. But the choice of song, costume and the whole grinding stuff is TOTALLY inapropiate for that age.
Probably some idiot (I'm leaning towards the dance coach), thought that a song by Beyonce was something everyone would like, instead of something more like... I don't know... Hanna Montana or watever kids listen to. Anyways, they could have done Beyonce with a more adequate costume and choreography.
But that's what's happening every day. We see girls becoming "sexualized" younger and younger. It seems like there is no interest in protecting the innocence of childhood. And that is really sad.
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Wed, 05-19-2010 - 12:25pm

My former dance instructor just posted the following link on facebook:

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/dancecompetitions/

I think it really shows that even dance instructors, other dancers, and parents are really against performances such as this. If you choose to sign, it asks for a donation, but it isn't required.

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