Babies in bikinis; sexy 7-year-olds dancing to ‘Single Ladies’: Which of these is age-appropriate or neither?

Yesterday morning I ran across a blog asking if babies in bikinis were cute or icky? Strollerderby found the original conversation on Café Mom where the moms were pretty evenly divided on the topic. Here’s a sample of the conversation.

From Strollerderby:

“What’s interesting to me is how the debate is framed from such vastly different perspectives. For some moms, it’s an issue of modesty and for others, it’s a question of the sexualization of girls. A few moms expressed concern about sexual predators, and others said that bikinis should be reserved for grown-up women.”

“The majority of moms who weighed in seemed to think it was “no big deal,” but several voiced strong opposition.

“ ‘The point of the bikini being created was to show off as much body as possible including boobs and butt, hips, etc… the parts men find sexy. Bikinis are lingerie that have been accepted to be worn in public. Why would anyone put publicly accepted sex attire on a child?’ wrote one mom.”

I sort of chuckled at the discussion. I don’t really have a problem with a baby in a bikini as long it isn’t a thong or have padded cups – a la the bikini marketed to tweens with padded cups.

I usually get my girls tankinis – which cover a little bit more than a true bikini – because it’s just so much easier to go to the bathroom (or change a swim diaper) in a two-piece suit.

But I digress.

Later in the day I ran across another blog with something a bit more shocking than the babies in bikinis.

The Huffington Post picked up a You Tube video of girls identified as  7-year-olds not only dressed scantily but dancing fairly suggestively to Beyonce’s “All The Single Ladies.”

Now they are good dancers. I am amazed by their dancing.

However, I don’t think that some of the moves they are doing (some of the straight legs bends or should/chest shaking) were really appropriate dance moves for their age. Especially not in red and black “bikini” tops and hot pants.

So what do you think about the video? Is there a line crossed here? Could this be made right if they weren’t dancing as suggestively or they had on more clothes?

What do you think about the babies in bikinis? Anything wrong going on there?

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235 comments Add your comment

HB

May 13th, 2010
8:14 pm

You know, it’s bad enough these little girls are dressed liked this and dancing like this in public, but a couple of people have implied it’s no big deal because it’s just for a short routine within the context of the competition and they change right after. Now I have trouble getting on board with that, but even if that did somehow make it better, doesn’t the fact that the video was posted on YouTube make that 3 minutes a bigger deal? This appears to be a professional video, probably by a company hired by the event organizers, and I doubt they put it up without permission. Parents must have signed a release for that, either as a form specifically for that purpose, or as part of the application to compete (”by entering, you agree that your image…blah, blah, blah”). It blows my mind that parents would be ok with those dance moves and costumes going online. They put it out there to be linked to from wherever (including major newspapers). What were they thinking?

AHM

May 13th, 2010
9:26 pm

Well it certainly has caused a stir. Clearly it pushes the edge of what the public considers to be acceptable. I linked to here from CNN, and they basically echoed what has been said here. I’m amazed at their skill. In the end this is covered by freedom of speech. It strikes me as naughty, but not pornographic. Just think some day those girls will be reminded of this video during some silly interview and I’d bet everyone will just say its cute.

Autumn

May 13th, 2010
9:36 pm

Who in there right mind thought this would be acceptable in any way! This is horrific and had one of my children been in that dance group instructor would have been in serious trouble. Way way way to adult and just plane creepy. I am horrified for the parents.

Frank

May 13th, 2010
9:55 pm

What is really sad is that this already took place. Someone already pushed the envelope this far with 7 year olds. What’s next? 7 year old burlesque striptease? 7 year old lap dance performance? This performance already happened, they’ve pushed it this far and it’s disgraceful, tasteless and dangerous. Who will push it even farther the next time? These people are sick…. There are no other words for this. My daughter would have not been allowed near this dance group, what parent could possibly allow this?

Sergio Dominguez

May 13th, 2010
9:57 pm

This is Awsome, mi daughter is 15 years old and she is in the dance team at her school, we saw this video together, and we think this is awsome, parents of this girls should be super proud of them.
And whoever think this is not appropriate you should check your dirty minds, because this is art.

Ruth

May 13th, 2010
10:47 pm

It is a sad day when parents allow their daughters to be so immodest. This is a shocking video and I think the music industry (Beyonce included) should stop and think what message they are sending to our youth. Children do what they see.

Julia

May 13th, 2010
11:08 pm

As an elementary teacher, I have gone to many cheer competitions of my students. As a mom, I always struggle with the uniforms these young girls wear. I have a hard time understanding why we constantly make our young girls wear less and less in the name of competition. My biggest fear for these young ladies is the image they portray and who will see it and take advantage of it. Therefore I would be uncomfortable if that was my daughter.

That being said these are not my daughters, and I do understand that it is the girls’ parents who will determine the boundaries for their daughters. Kids do not understand sexuality. They just have fun. We perceive it sexual because of our knowledge and maturity. That is not on the girls minds, they cannot even conceive it …. Their whole understanding will depend entirely on their parents perception and how they handle it. If parents discuss it as a fun dance, then that is what it will be. The girls’ parents can teach them what is and is not acceptable for them. Even young girls can understand that “this is a dance for this event only, and you do not display that anywhere else”. Trust the parents to teach their children, and pray that they will be guided into building boundaries in their day to day lives.

candy

May 13th, 2010
11:12 pm

wonder how many pedophiles have gotten their jollies watching that video?

Kay

May 13th, 2010
11:28 pm

This is sickening. I can’t believe any parent would let their daughter learn these moves at their tender ages. Why are parents so shocked when little girls are preyed upon by sexual predators?? If you dress your daughter like a sex object, someone will think she is one! Th These moves they are doing, the way they are dressed—repulsive that any parent would be proud of this. Are they talented? Yes. Are they decent? NO! This is akin to child pornography!!

lb

May 14th, 2010
12:29 am

Unbelievably talented girls. So much dedication and practice goes into a routine like this; especially if it is a competitive team. Endless hours in a gyms, carpools, etc. Get over it!
If I was their parent, I would be proud too. Turn on your televisions @
7:30 in the evening and check out reruns of Friends, Two and a Half Men, etc. I believe Rachel and Monica are arguing over who can use the last condom in a recent episode……now that’s offensive. These kids show that working hard, staying focused, being dedicated will enable one to reach higher goals. Something lazy, unhealthy and overweight American kids could learn from. Their outfits are costumes that we, as consumers, promote.

Kwajmahall

May 14th, 2010
1:02 am

Frenchwoman,…I like the way you talk….

jay

May 14th, 2010
1:06 am

Honestly, all I could do was laugh about this. The moves were well executed and there’s no way any of it is sexual from the performers. Not by me, anyway. You do have to start young to be excellent at an art form. So I say just enjoy it.

amy

May 14th, 2010
3:33 am

okay people look yes they are 7 and they were wearing a little bit of clothing you will get over it…its for dance…as a dancer i have to wear clothing like that and im 17 but you guys are putting little 7 year olds down if their parents let them do that them fine if it was your child then you can judge but until it is your child you have no room to talk so shut your mouth….it is very offensive to others…and actually i have seen alot worse than what those girls are wearing they just happen to make it to dance world….and their dance moves i have also seen a lot worse so stop judging and leave tese poor little girls alone

amy

May 14th, 2010
3:38 am

@stephen ball
did you ever think that the reason why your 18 year olds dont do moves like that is cuz your to old to move like 7 year olds can so you cant teach them just saying

Tony

May 14th, 2010
4:28 am

It jus pains me to see the “wrong” attention these young girls get in out society. Then we wonder why there are so many sickos thinking its ok. This wasnt acceptable 15 yrs ago, you would have to wonder where it will lead, as children arent capable of knowing whats ok and whats not. Its our job as parents and adults to show them, and this is def not ok.

shay

May 14th, 2010
7:12 am

I think its absurd that people would think there is something wrong with this. Its a couple of adorable girls doing an adorable dance performance to a number one award winning song. they are wearing the same thing any girl who is part of a dance troop would wear and more than a little girl on the beach would wear. Bravo girls wonderful performance!

motherjanegoose

May 14th, 2010
7:24 am

@ Julia…I am quite surprised at this comment:

“this is a dance for this event only, and you do not display that anywhere else”

Isn’t his like saying..”Mommy and Daddy use these ( swear) words here only and not outside of the house…” Those words do show up elsewhere and we have all heard them.

kim

May 14th, 2010
7:45 am

my teens don’t even do these kind of moves……there is appropriate and there is inappropriate….if they are adults who choose to do this that is one thing…but these are kids……as a dance teacher i have seen this going on for years and i am appalled….and the fact that the parents defend this on good morning america is just puzzling to me….sad

Competitive dance

May 14th, 2010
8:07 am

These are competitive dance…shame on any of you that are not familiar with this. It might not be for you thats fine, don’t have your children do this. This girls are performing in a dance competition, they are not out shopping at the mall! Anyone that thinks anything sexual about this is sick! Shame on the media especially Good Morning America for putting this on the television, its meant for a dance competition. My daughter has danced for years, is a sweet little girl but she performs for 4 competitions a year. Learn more about it before you criticize. Its easy to criticize when you have an obese child eating junk food on the couch every day watching tv insteady of in an active sport like dance.

Darla

May 14th, 2010
8:20 am

I agree that the parents are wrong to have let these super talented girls perform those moves, but please do not attack the character of or predict the future careers of these girls. They are 7 or 8 yrs old and still learning what is acceptable. Unfortunately they have parents who use very poor judgment in what they expose their children to.

CD

May 14th, 2010
8:42 am

Everyone get off their high horse… these are kids at a dance competition. The outfits are actually less revealing than any normal swimsuit and the song is very popular. Grow up and realize this is not the 1920’s anymore. Learn to seperate what is fun and cute from your preverted child abuse minds.

stephen ball

May 14th, 2010
8:46 am

Hi Amy,….For your information, I can still do the moves that are classical jazz and even do a little hip hop…however I have a staff of 7 teachers who teach for me and all are young…I do not blame these young girls for these moves…they are exceptional dancers and really have no need for the moves they are making…I have run competitions for years and have observed first hand what is out there. I also understand that this was done strictly as a competition dance routine, however some of the moves just do not belong on young children..If we don’t start demanding that dance competitions set certain standards, what is going to happen to the art of dance by the time these children are 18? Are we going to allow it to progress on and on….where is the point at which it stops? Many people call me a prude….fine…I can live with that…..and when I go to sleep at night…I can feel ok that my students will never be insulted by some video made that showed them in less than respectful dance moves. I am glad that this video has come into public view…it has caused dialogue on something that has disturbed many people for many years…get real folks…this is not something new…..unfortunately. Will it continue? You can bet on it…but at least people are discussing this…I would be interested in what a child psychologist would have to say about all of this?

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

May 14th, 2010
8:54 am

New blog coming soon — just running behind!!!

advocate

May 14th, 2010
9:01 am

These are very very talented little girls. They are doing an amazing job and in all reality they have no clue that the moves they are doing are semi sexual. I mean the “Chipettes” just did this song in the new chipmunk movie. As far as the song choice, I don;t feel that was wrong. It is an upbeat popular song that the audience could relate to. As far as them dancing the way they did, I also see no problem. It is TALENT not sexual exploytation. The person who made the dance was going off the beyonce video. Would this be a matter if the girls were older?? I at no point would ever think of this vidoe as sexual, and I think the people that do are the ones that have a problem with it. It is DANCE,dance is an expression. These girls are phenomanal and their talent should not be wasted on songs like “baby face.” Is that more suitable for the public? Maybe the fact was to show that these girls are so talented they can do things most adults can not. She is showing the potential of these girls in the dance industry. I for one think it is amazing. That said, I don;t quite agree with the outfits. I believe they could have wore a long sleeved black leatard like Beyonce in the video and they would have gotten less negetive responses. The outfits are what makes it sexual, rather than the dance moves itself. I believe that if these girls were in different outfits it wouldn’t be getting the attention it is. I’m sure they will think of this in the future. Also, like one mom said, this was not meant to be shared with the world, it was meant for a dance competition,and those who go to dance competitions have an appreciation for stuff like this and would look at the talent of the girls dancing rather than everything else the rest of the world is looking at. Let the girls have fun and do what they love to do. They are way to talented to be hindered by the views of others.

Mike Luckovich Sucks

May 14th, 2010
9:19 am

Child abuse. This is inviting pedophiles.

That’s an over-reaction and one reason Americans don’t handle topics like this very well. Too much knee-jerk reacting. Let’s calm down, please!

I don’t think a white van with a creepy white guy will pull up and kidnap all of them just yet.

I always say intent is 90% of everything. It is reasonable to assume the intent was not to promote the sexuality of the young ladies, but to present “cute sexy fashion” or something like that.

However, yes, I’m sure a compromise would be more appropriate attire and perhaps different dance moves.

One does not need to set a precedence for young ladies (or men) early on that non-lady-like attire and behavior is preferrable.

I’ll give them credit for really good dancing, though. Better than a lot of over-paid “stars”!

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Mike Luckovich’s “editorial cartoons” are pro-liberal/innately one-sided nonsense. Also his artwork sucks!

Michelle

May 14th, 2010
9:19 am

For all of you saying that dance is an expression (which it is)…what are they expressing when they are shaking, gyrating, etc.? To the kids and those involved in dance, yes, it can be perceived as art. For those on the outside looking in, I don’t think the “art” is interpreted the same way!

pat

May 14th, 2010
9:23 am

Most of this video was fine for these girls. I understand they want to act like the big girls and dance to popular music. This song has a great dance beat. My problems are the costumes and the sexually explicit moves. OMG, these are 7 year olds! I am the grandmother of 13, 7 of them girls. I am not ready to see any of them parading around like they are about to have sex! They could have had just as much fun without all the grinding and strutting! Let them stay little for a little while! I am sure we all remember a little girl named JonBenet. Did that not teach anybody anything?

April

May 14th, 2010
9:24 am

This is a blatant example of the purposeful societal degradation of America’s youth. Ever wonder why it is necessary for the “pop stars” our children watch, emulate and worship to dress so scantily in their videos? This is not an accident. The best way to destroy a nation is by demoralizing its citizens and this video blatantly confirms that it is working.

What I found refreshing however was how many people expressed disgust, anger, disbelief and
sadness at this. This tells me there is still hope for us!

Sarah

May 14th, 2010
9:25 am

These girls are very talented, however I do think the routine is inappropriate. If they had been wearing different outfits and had taken the inappropriate choreography out, they would have been more synchronized and it would have been a more impressive routine. I was a dancer from the time I was 2 years old and when I quit at 17 it was because I had changed studios and my new director wanted me to get up on stage and perform in an oversized mens white dress shirt and cheerleading briefs (a la Risky Business). No, thank you. My daughter is currently enrolled in gymnastics. We have seen a sudden surge of 6 and 7 year old girls trying out this past week, where dad has finally seen what his little girl has been working on this year at her recital and is appalled and pulling her out of dance. I’ve seen at least 5 new families for this reason alone. Yes, my daughter wears a leotard but she is not moving around in an inappropriate way. I think that the dance teacher/choreographer from this video really should have stepped back and thought about what she was asking these girls to do and wear. The parents should have stepped in at some point and said something. I understand that it was a competition, but you can still win while having some class and maintaining some dignity. If you have a technically superior routine, it will show no matter what you are wearing or what song you are performing to.

Angela

May 14th, 2010
9:45 am

The parents should be ashamed of them selfs.There allowing there own children to entertain sicko pedophiles.There putting there own children at risk letting them be taught to act like little floozies.It makes me wonder what kind of parents they are to raise there children to act like strippers at a strip club.What the hell is going on with society these days.The freaking pedophiles are being entertained by ignorant parents that are putting there own children out there for the sicko perverts to get them selves off when they watch those you tube videos.They need there stupid heads examined…

Felicia

May 14th, 2010
10:05 am

Really, with the talent that these 7 year olds displayed all people are focused on is what they had on? Ok so maybe there attire could have been different. I am a mother of 3 daughters 14,16,19. Cheerleaders wear short dresses, Ballet performers wear something that looks like a one piece bathing suit. Because there dancing was so AMAZING all I can see is these little girls take their dancing seriously. I don’t think they’ll grow up to be little street walkers because of this. I applaud parents for keeping their kids involved in something besides video games. They have more of a chance to be better, confident successful women and mothers because of this. Let’s not focus on the costume which is what it was, these girls have skills. And think of all the positive things that were portrayed, talent, self confidence, no fear, encouragement. Keep up the good work

MARIE

May 14th, 2010
10:06 am

LOOK MOM’S AND DAD’S. IT IS DANCING AND THEY ARE FANTASTIC. DO ANY OF YOU KNOW ABOUT DANCING. I AM A MOTHER OF A DANCING TEACHER AND THEIR TECHNIQUE AND MOVEMENTS WERE PHENOMINAL. THEIR KICKS WERE INCREDIBLE AND JUST THINK HOW HARD THEY WORKED AT THAT ROUTINE WITH PRECISION……GET OFF YOUR BOX AND DIRTY THINKING MIND AND REALIZE THE TALENT THEY HAVE AND WILL CONTINUE TO HAVE THROUGHOUT THEIR LIVES. WHEN THEY CONTINUE TO DANCE THR0UOUT THE YEARS YOU WILL THEN REALIZE WHAT TALENT AND LOVE THEY HAVE FOR DANCING. WAKE UP AND DO YOUR HOMEWORK BEFORE YOU OPEN YOUR BIG MOUTHS. DANCING IS AN ART AND TALENT NOT MANY CHILDREN HAVE. ONE DAY YOUR WILL EAT YOUR WORDS. DO NOT COMPARE THESE TALENTED CHILDREN WITH LITTLE BEAUTY QUEENS. THEY ARE MADE TO DO WHAT THEY DO. THESE LITTLE DANCERS LOVE WHAT THEY DO….AGAIN GET OVER IT……..MARIE

Monica

May 14th, 2010
10:10 am

Marie, I agree with your sentiments about dancing. However, this dance and costume combination is not suitable for children. I can’t understand why people don’t see that.

Patricia Doucet

May 14th, 2010
10:19 am

By the time they are in their teens, the parents will be crying “where did we go wrong” Why dont you just go ahead and had them all a cigerette and a mixed drink? This is totally inappropriate! Last week a few male students were oust for wearing American Flag print shirts. I question the morale of the dumbas*$@#, that not only directed this dance, but allowed it! And shame on the parents for supporting their young daughters.

RansomRose77

May 14th, 2010
10:40 am

I am a mom with 2 girls and 2 boys. None of them have ever done dance or sports/cheer, nor do I plan on their doing so in the future. The competitive world is just too harsh for children, in my opinion. Psyches are fragile and I don’t feel that the best way to nurture a child is to “toughen” them up or encourage competition. There’s always a definite “winner,” 1 or 2 “runners up,” and a score of losers in these events. Great thing for kids to learn, digest at a young age: the harder you work “it,” the more you put yourself out there, apparently the likelier your chances of winning! (Prostitute one’s body/image=score one!) And these girls are really out there! I mean, their little bottoms are out in the wind, shaking and grooving and everything. It truly is disgusting, because kids don’t come by these moves naturally. They are sexual moves, “dirty dancing” created by adults, fully conscious of the sexual nature of the routine, which the kids aren’t, but they might become conscious of it through learning. So these kids were trained, coached by an instructor. Did they maybe choose/vote on the song they wanted to perform? Maybe. Did they have fun? Maybe. Could be that they were exhausted, frustrated some of the time, too. We don’t know and so can’t judge in that respect. However, I know and everybody else must know that there is a significant population of predators who will view this video in the same way that any straight adult male would view a burlesque show! It was gruelling for me to watch, personally. My mother told me about it this morning, while I was getting ready to put my kids on the bus. She must have seen a segment on the news concerning its “viral” popularity.

It is also clear that our culture is skirting a dangerous line when it comes to sexualizing young girls. Books are written about it. Psychologists are concerned. Even the APA has published a task-force paper on it! How can anybody continue to encourage kids to mimic adult sexual behavior as if it were harmless? I don’t know if it contributes to teen pregnancy or not, but I do know that it contributes to low-self esteem . . . especially in the majority of girls who can never be winning competitors; let’s face it, the standards ARE too high and most of us will never look like freakin’ Beyonce or Britney! And God help those who do! What about the epidemic of eating disorders in our culture, from kids trying to fit those standards. And what if the message DOES condone a submissive feminine attitude, in which the highest goal is supposed to be attractiveness and service to men?! Should a 7 yr old be indoctrinated to believe that the highest value she can achieve is getting unsingle by putting “a ring on it”?! And that the only way to do that is to shake her booty like she means it? Really, is Beyonce a great role model or what? Her line of Darien clothing for children has already come under scrutiny. Just Google it.

As for bikinis on babies: my aunt has a daughter exactly one year older than my 10 yr old, so she habitually passes her clothing on down. Every year I run across 2 or 3 bikinis, and I have always chucked them. Last year I was hard put to buy a swimsuit for my daughter that was one-piece, as most of those in the store had circular cut-outs on the sides. I kept thinking, “This isn’t a swimsuit; it’s swiss cheese!” What’s the purpose of exposing skin in a bathing suit? WIth adult women, it is invariably for sexual purposes. We all know the swimsuit dilemma. If you’ve got it, then you feel great if you can flaunt it. NO problem with those who do! Congrats. But if you’ve got a few extra pounds, you try to buy something flattering that hides it! So why exactly should we be flaunting our little daughters? Maybe it’s easy to change an infant or a toddler in a 2 piece. Great point. And they don’t have any curves. There are also proportionately fewer pedophiles interested in the diaper set, if statistics are to be believed. But the further little girls advance up the Tanner scale, pinpointing pubertal stages of progression, the more risque those swimsuits become, and the more questionable one’s motives in that wardrobe choice. If your 10 or 12 yr old is begging for a bikini because “everyone has one!” then maybe you can consider a compromise, like the tankini, or talk to the child to educate her on why that is innappropriate. But if mom & dad are just randomly buying the clothes, thinking, oh-how-cute-that-will-be, then they need some serious education themselves. There have always been pedophiles and they are not rare. There are also many who are voyeurs out there who may or may not act. I have watched at beaches and seen too many male eyes that tend to drift and gaze even at very young girls! To think that you aren’t setting your daughter up to be a piece of “eye candy” is just naive. For God’s sake, I’ve even seen clothing marketed at little kids with that very saying printed on it! So think about that. The yellow-polka-dot bikini made for the 10 yr old with “Eye Candy” printed smack across the bottom! Sure, she’s gonna think she’s being cute for mimicking the big girls. But should she be feeling proud–at age 10–to strut her stuff, knowing she’s got some eyes on her? I wanna just go, WOW! Our cultural values and mores are so crossed at this point, I don’t know how the average adult can even attempt to disentangle them, let alone kids. So I do worry about the younger generations. I really do.

Meme

May 14th, 2010
10:46 am

When I coached the middle school girls dance team, I was in a constant battle with the dance teacher. She wanted bare midriff costumes and I didn’t. We did end up with one-piece outfits. She did order some really sexy tops once and they got sent back before the girls even saw them.

motherjanegoose

May 14th, 2010
10:49 am

LOL…Marie…do you know about caps lock? I do not think anyone here is being critical about dancing and talent. There are different types of dancing and different costumes that are more suitable for children.

I do have a quick question…. as far as very talented dancers…what is the true percentage of those who will “dance throughout the years ” ( as Marie mentioned) and make a career out of something they love. Stephen Ball has done so and could perhaps shed some light on this issue.

I am not a dancer and have no experience here. I respect Stephen’s professional opinion , on this topic, as he is has been in it for the long haul. He has stated that this type of stuff is lowering standards and it seems to validate the prevailing opinion of most of the other posters on this topic who feel it is wrong IMHO. Thank you Stephen, for your perspective. Your credibility is showing: not many others have your depth of experience.

Janet

May 14th, 2010
11:00 am

I was actually at the dance competition held in Long Beach last weekend to support a friend who’s child was dancing. I was shocked and uncomfortable watching these girls and I couldn’t believe that the dance culture and the parents found the suggestive nature of the dance routines acceptable and even promoted it. Even my son (10 years old) turned to me and said, “This is inappropriate Mom!” I totally understand that this is pop culture, but come on! The whole thing was very disturbing.

Becky

May 14th, 2010
11:25 am

I would imagine that if Mr. Ball has been dancing and teaching for as many years as stated, he can still move with the best of them..Not all girls that start out doing dancing at such a young age turn out to be anything other than nice young women.. I have 2 coworkers that both have grown daughters that started dance at 4-5..One is still dancing (at 30) and has had some small roles in 4-5 movies, the other(19) is on track to be a dance teacher.. I loved the dance that these girls did and didn’t see anything wrong with the outfits..Yes, I did think that some of the moves were not right for the age, but I’m not a dance expert..

Katrina Williams

May 14th, 2010
11:51 am

First of all, the girls are amazing dancers. However, the outfits were tacky and sexually suggestive and some of the choreography bordered on pornographic. What the heck were their parents thinking? Beyonce is a talented girl too, but I hated her video because her outfit was also tacky and sexually suggestive and it belied message of the song…which is, I’m not ‘that’ kind of girl”..well if you aren’t selling, don’t advertise. Plus, it sends a bad message to little girls that it’s okay to dress like a stripper and shake your “assets” when really, even in our liberal society, people who dress this way are not respected.

stephen ball

May 14th, 2010
11:57 am

While I appreciate your comments about my credentials, I am not sure I should be the last word on this subject…I still would love to hear from a child psychologist on the subject…I have had very successful students who have danced on broadway, movies, in Las Vegas, on television and on cruise ships..however, the vast majority of dance students do not go on to these careers, but rather choose professions of medicine, law, teaching, etc. Just the same the discipline of dance helps these students in whatever profession they choose..I would guess that only 5% of dance students go on to a career in dance..but the confidence that comes from performing carries them far in life.

motherjanegoose

May 14th, 2010
12:34 pm

Stephen, awesome point about the discipline of dance. I know that music impacts many other disciplines. My point, is that many posters act like they know it all ( myself included) but they are simply talking about their own children or the children in their neighborhood ( myself not included).

You have seen dance students for years and I appreciate your input as it is broader than most.
It must be wonderful knowing that you ignited the flame in those who made dance their passion and career choice…congrats!!!! I would also love to hear from a psychologist. Any takers?

Gina

May 14th, 2010
1:53 pm

As a mom of a 9 year old and a 13 year old, I think that either the dance moves or the outfits should have been a LOT more modest. They are adorable.

How can the last comment from "anonymous"...

May 14th, 2010
2:35 pm

…be posted at 3:26pm when my computer says it is only 2:34pm as I type this? And, way to keep up “anonymous” with your peidfiles(sic) comment – that idea has only been hashed and re-hashed for 2 days now…

wow- this system is really messed up...

May 14th, 2010
2:37 pm

…I posted at 2:34pm about “anonymous” and it shows up before that post

I guess I will keep posting...

May 14th, 2010
2:38 pm

…unitl 3:26pm so that the time period form 1:52pm unitl 3:26pm gets backfilled…

anonymous

May 14th, 2010
3:26 pm

Yes, I agree these 7 year old girls “bumping and griding” on stage! I hope the parents relize that there are pedifiles out there and they will most likley watch this vidio. The girls did great don’t get me wrong but holy crap it doesn’t take a genius! Put some more clothes on YOUR children!

jess

May 14th, 2010
4:15 pm

I think this is seriously being blown way out of porportion. I’ve danced for 16 years and ive seen ALOT of provocative costumes. Usually, younger girls are more covered…but ive seen many that arent. And as for them being way to sexual for their age…ITS NOT LIKE THEY KNOW THAT!! they are just doing what they love and having fun…im SURE they are not little sex maniacs and do this for boys at school. And its not like they’re gonna dress like that in public!! i have plenty of dance costumes i would NEVER wear if i wasnt performing. And as far as the sexy dance moves go, alot of little girls do shaking in their dances, these girls just happen to be REALLY good and they’re actually doing it right so it LOOKS more sexy/ And yes, I’m sure there are many “sick pervs” out there watching this now that its allll over the internet! If it wasnt for people putting it up nobody would ever see it! They did this for a dance competition…where there is mainly family and other dancers…it wasnt really meant for child porn feins!!…its too bad that everyone can see it thanks to people making a huge deal about something that im sure was actually very innocent!

catlady

May 14th, 2010
7:31 pm

Sick. Child abuse. Where is DFACS?

catlady

May 14th, 2010
7:42 pm

As a teacher, I see sexualized little girls all the time. It amazes me that parents (if in fact the kids “want” clothes like this) don’t act like parents and refuse to buy it. Seven year olds have sexual feelings, folks! Let these girls get attention for their athleticism or brains!

Teach your children modest behavior. Avoid being a “grandma” at the age of 30!