Would You Let Your Little Girl Dance Like This?

Photo by Sthanlee B. Mirador_Pacific Rim Photo Press

Photo by Sthanlee B. Mirador_Pacific Rim Photo Press

A video of a a group of girls gyrating to Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” at the World of Dance tour in Pomona, Calif., (the tour was in Dallas last month) is circulating the web and not in a good way. The dancers, a group of 7-year-olds, in barely there outfits shimmied, shaked and popped it to the hit song as audience members cheered them on. But what some see as a high energy performance others view as exploitation. One You Tube commenter wrote, “that was definitely a little raunchy for such young girls, but they killed it so more power to ‘em.” Others were not as impressed, “these girls do show talent, but in all reality, I’m appalled at the parents who allow their little girls to dance like that. All that’s missing in that routine is a pole.”

So who’s to blame? The parents who sat in the audience with video cameras as their daughter’s danced out suggestive gestures? Or the teacher/coach that thought it was be OK to show little girls how to act sexy for an audience? Or promoters who let second graders display their ability to drop it like it’s hot for publicity’s sake? Or us, the appaled public who seem to be attaching too much sentiment and meaning to what little girls simply see as fun dancing? Maybe it a combination of multiple faults. But what do we expect? These kind of dance moves are all around us–on TV, in commercials, dance competitions etc. Have you been to a major sporting event lately? I’ve seen the Maverick’s dancers splay themselves across half court while children watched in the audience. To a child the thing that pretty girl in shorts does with her legs and booty looks funny not seductive, but I feel uncomfortable seeing a woman thrust her pelvis in the air at a freakin’ basketball game. So is it any wonder that little girls who aspire to be dancers would watch an amazing dancer and icon like Beyonce and not want to move like her? I don’t fault the little girls for wanting to wow a crowd and win a dance competition, but I do question the adults who dressed the girls like mini-women in costumes inappropriate for their ages, who showed them how to be sexy and paraded them out in front of video cameras. The reality is that very not nice people think very bad things when they see little girls in bra tops and makeup. I’m not a parent yet, but I don’t think I could live with the idea that some creep had a video of my little girl on the Internet. Take a look and see if the performance is one you’d be proud of your daughter for? 

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Chick Talk Dallas is the hatchling of Joanna Cattanach, a former Dallas Morning News staff writer/news assistant. A graduate of Baylor University, she currently works as a freelance writer and writing instructor in the Dallas area where she, her husband and baby son call home. Follow her on twitter.com/ChickTalkDallas.
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2 Responses to Would You Let Your Little Girl Dance Like This?

  1. Finley says:

    You make a lot of good points and really there might not be any perfect answers!

    Talent? YES! A lot of hard work? YES! Too suggestive? Many would say so…and yet, that’s pretty much all our young girls see these days.

    While I’m not thrilled by the age inappropriateness of the costume and moves…I’m not shocked either! And that hurts to say, as I’m a mother of a 16 yr girl!

    I think we all have to THINK about what/how women are portrayed in the mass media and at the same time not be stifled by censorship – after all, we DO live in America!

    As mothers/parents/relatives, I hope we’re all letting our children (both boys AND girls) know that what we see on the stage/TV/videos is ENTERTAINMENT…it does not define us as ladies and gentlemen and is more fantasy than reality. Raised with self confidence and love in the household, my hope is that they will understand this to be true and not be overly influenced on how to act/dress/behave in their everyday lives!

  2. Sheryl says:

    I think those are ADULT dance moves!