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

olivia

May 13th, 2010
7:03 am

I’m French and I do my first year in university, so excuse my English. I think Beyonce and other French singers have a very bad impact on young girls and unfortunately they corrupt even the French. Now when I take the bus and I passed my college, I see little girls dressed in small jeans with a string that exceeds or a mini skirt and these girls are model Rihanna and Beyonce. anyway I find it very unhealthy for these people to idolize these artists as gods. it is imperative that Americans react because there youth is doomed. ppourquoi they have all these singers need to be vulgar, so they know that their fans are pertinant children.

fred

May 13th, 2010
7:06 am

Babies in bikinis, no issue for me, My girls, both under 7 wear them and have worn them since they were babies. But the dancing video just did not feel right to me. As a parent I would not feel comfortable seeing my daughter perform some of those moves. I think it is a combination of SOME of the dance moves, the costumes and the song. Now I would like to say that it is obvious that these girls are very talented and I hope they continue doing what they do, I do however think that the fault lies with the choreographer of the routine.

Christina

May 13th, 2010
7:15 am

I am a mother of 2 girls, 11, and 13. I am not religious, and I consider myself to be very liberal and open minded. That said, this video makes me want to hurl. What the heck are these moms thinking? I LOVE the actual Beyonce video, the moves, the song, all of it. But these girls are dressed up like little hookers, and flaunting their sexuality with these grown-up dance moves. At the very least, this is going to distort these girls images of themselves and cause them to behave more sexually at an earlier age. GROSS GROSS GROSS!

motherjanegoose

May 13th, 2010
7:15 am

To me, it just depends on what your want your daughter to portray. If it is all about her body, be prepared to deal with it later. Parents send these messages to their kids.

Honestly, my daughter has a great figure ( better than mine ever was) and she would look cute in a bikini but she has never been interested in one. She is modest an not at all about attracting anyone with her body. We have never had the ” you are NOT walking out of my house in that” episode.

Jeff

May 13th, 2010
7:15 am

My sister framed this issue very well:

If she wears a bikini @ 7, what is she going to want to wear when she hits puberty? If we have her in a one-piece and she gets to “look forward” to wearing bikini at a pre-determined age, then we’ve controlled the issue.

Then again, when some of these moms dress the way they do, what do you expect?

Christina

May 13th, 2010
7:16 am

OH – and little girls and/or babies in bikinis is CUTE! Little girls in red and black ruffled hot pants is NOT!

Cogitatus of Borg

May 13th, 2010
7:19 am

The dance routine and music was grossly in appropriate for 7th graders let alone 7 year olds.

@Fred – not only was the choreographer wrong, but most of the blame lies with the parents who allowed them to perform this routine. They need to be parents and not cheerleaders who just want to make sure their darlings participate.

Belle

May 13th, 2010
7:24 am

I have no problem with bikinis on babies. When I was a child most babies ran around in just a diaper anyway. Even the Coppertone baby was in just a bikini bottom and that ad was from the 1950’s..so bikinis are no big deal.

The dancing was amazing but the costumes were pretty bad. I would not have been comfortable with my daughter performing those moves at that age.

Patrick

May 13th, 2010
7:24 am

Bikinis at the beach are OK, most of them at least. But if your kid isn’t swimming, you need to have them covered.

As far as this video, this is disgusting, those parents should have their children taken away, do they want their daughters to grow up to be strippers? Or have eating disorders as a teenager because they are too body focused?

Best case scenario, those girls grow up to be hapless floozies. You know the ones I’m talking about, they still call their father “daaadiiieee” when they are 30 years old, have never had a real job, no skills, float from one boyfriend to the next, before marrying some jerk just because he has a good job.

Mattie

May 13th, 2010
7:25 am

What is shocking is that adults think encouraging young girls to dress and act sexy is OK and will somehow be healthy for them. This is not an isolated dance school, I have seen it in my comunity too. When will parents wake up and be the parents? NO is still a word in our English language.

This is Mrs. Norman Maine

May 13th, 2010
7:29 am

Babies in bikinis=no big deal. But it’s hard to believe that any parent, anywhere thinks the above video is okay.

Jeff

May 13th, 2010
7:31 am

I’m going to take what some would consider a cheap shot but it doesn’t mean it’s not true. Anyone want to guess how many of these girls have active, participating fathers involved in deciding whether to do this dance thing?

My father’s generation would have NEVER allowed their 7 year old daughters to do this.

Angry responses can be sent to The View…………..

Em

May 13th, 2010
7:38 am

I have a open mind, but somethings are just not right. It’s to early for these babies to be seems like this. It’s to much going on in the world today!

Lil Mama

May 13th, 2010
7:39 am

Two words…….HELL NO!!!!!! These little girls are too young for this, yet unfortunately old enough for some pervert to find them “attractive”. As for babies in bikinis……if you put it on them at toddler age, what happens when their not so “toddlerish” anymore and want to continue wearing them because “that’s what you’ve always let them wear?”. To that I say, THINK TWICE!!!!! There are all kinds of folk out there watching your children (girls and boys) at ALL ages!!!!! And my daughter is now 17, and I still don’t want her in a bikini…..but I digress.

Em

May 13th, 2010
7:40 am

This is so sad!

Patrick

May 13th, 2010
7:42 am

“Anyone want to guess how many of these girls have active, participating fathers involved in deciding whether to do this dance thing?”

I imagine most the fathers of that group don’t see a problem with it, if they married women who thinks this is OK, then the chances are the wives are bimbos themselves and the dad isn’t a big supporter of strong, independent, women.

The moms that let(or even encourage) this type of thing aren’t them feminist type, they probably think that a woman’s role in life is to look sexy and catch a “good” man, and are already grooming their daughters for that role, instead of advancing their mind so they can go to college to have their own career.

free

May 13th, 2010
7:45 am

the little girls have LOTS of talent but this is not the correct way to show it. i have to agree with the PP Jeff who asked where are the fathers? my hubby would NEVER allow this.

Cinnamon

May 13th, 2010
7:49 am

I think the choreography is great. The costumes are a bit too much. Keep the dance moves and change the costume..

Monica

May 13th, 2010
7:49 am

Parents who allow their daughters to participate in a dance routine like that should be arrested on charges of prostitution. They are doing no more than pimping their daughters. I would like to ban beauty pageants, as well as competition cheer squads for five year olds. These events attempt to take a child and make her look like a mini-adult. And then the parents will wonder what went wrong when their daughter becomes a teenage mom.

Ian

May 13th, 2010
7:57 am

Would love to ask the parents and choreographer one question…was the routine intended to be cute or sexy? Pick one.

honestlawyer

May 13th, 2010
7:57 am

I can think of only one word to describe this video: sick.

Socialism

May 13th, 2010
7:59 am

Child abuse. This is inviting pedophiles.

Jeff

May 13th, 2010
7:59 am

Maybe they’re just practicing for their future performances on a pole.

Sorry, couldn’t help it. I’d take it back if it wasn’t funny.

Voice of Reason #1

May 13th, 2010
8:00 am

Our American society is going to hell in a handbasket. I am so disgusted by so many thing I see here now. This video is absolutely disgusting and inappropriate. Young tramps in the making. SHAME on those parents and dance coordinator. we need decency laws…and flogging for parents who endorse, support, and encourage such mess…and apparently it crosses all racial lines.

Professor II

May 13th, 2010
8:01 am

You can take the trash from the trailer , but you can’t take the trailer from the trash

CNB

May 13th, 2010
8:03 am

Photius

May 13th, 2010
8:06 am

Great – keep showing that video and you’ll have Pedophiles perving on this blog…..

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

May 13th, 2010
8:08 am

I actually worried about that!! maybe I’ll take it down after today.

BlogDaddy

May 13th, 2010
8:09 am

I’m going to take the high road and say that the dance routine was intended to be cute vs. sexy. I haven’t seen Chipmunks 2, but in the promos the female chipmunks are doing a similar routine to the exact same song. And that was broadcasted to a much younger audience.

stepmom2

May 13th, 2010
8:14 am

WOW!!! I can’t believe their parents let those girls do this routine and another question is what was the dance teacher/choreographer thinking when she thought this was a good idea. I would never allow my child to participate in that.

@ Monica- I totally agree about the beauty paegants. Those should not be allowed for girls under 16. Have you ever seen the show Toddlers and Tiaras? It’s so disturbing how these parents (mostly mom’s) treat their kids (boys are on the show too).

All this “sexy” clothes & make-up is so glamorized now these girls (even teen girls) think it’s the norm. My step-daughter gets so mad when she goes shopping with her mom and shows her dad & I the clothes she gets because we make her try it on and most of the time it’s too short/tight and we make her take it back. Her mom thinks it’s great. All it does is send a bad message to others.

jobo

May 13th, 2010
8:19 am

I think this is disgusting. No wonder there are so many sex offenders! Instead of God blessing America, America needs to bless God. I would love to get the “Old America” back again where there were fewer evils existing and people could walk the streets without fear.

Fred (with a capitol "F")

May 13th, 2010
8:24 am

Bikinis and babies – both my daughters had bikinis as babies but they were pretty modest for bikinis. Even as teenagers they wore/wear modest swimsuits. If you define bikini as a two piece it doesn’t have to be b*tt floss to be a bikini. The current teen is real modest and prefers tankinis as she is tall and long waisted and has a *very* hard time finding a one piece that fits right.

As far as the dance goes, the girls are obviously very talented and love to dance. If they are this good at 7, then if they keep it up they probably can make it as a professional dancer. The costumes are totally age inappropriate as are several of the dance moves. I bet the girls looked at it as a complicated move and didn’t really read anything suggestive into it. I fault the parents and choreographer for the inappropriate moves as they should have a very strong understanding of what is and is not age appropriate.

Unlike some of the other posters, I don’t know that the girls will go on to be “bad” girls. It takes a ton of effort and discipline to get to that level to so nothing of the motivation required. As long as they continue to look at it as complicated routine and don’t look at it as provocative or suggestive, they will be fine. Now, the discussion about how much effort it took to get to this level at this age is a whole ‘nother issue. Should they be driven or pushed to work that hard can be a great discussion.

Claire

May 13th, 2010
8:25 am

Yesterday I showed this video to my roommate who did competitive dance growing up. She said it was nothing compared to some of the moves and outfits the young girls did at her dance company, and that she had never heard any parents complain. It makes me feel sick.

tazmebro

May 13th, 2010
8:26 am

Just a plain disgrace!

MKA

May 13th, 2010
8:30 am

These girls are wearing something that looks like it came from Vicky Secrets!! They are super talented, but this dance is just too floozy. I would never let my 8-year old do something like this. Nor does she wear bikini’s. She already has a “mini-Beyonce” figure and in there is no way that I would want to highlight it. There are too many pedophiles and sicko’s out there! Modesty is the best policy!

These are tough times to raise children in! Communication is key and “staying in their business” is even more important!!

ADO

May 13th, 2010
8:30 am

Seven year old “Sluts” but they probably get it from their mommy.

Andi

May 13th, 2010
8:36 am

An open invite to pervs. Doesn’t anyone remember Jon Benet Ramsey? But, yes, if the moms are hoochies, what do you expect?

Alecia

May 13th, 2010
8:37 am

I saw a demonstration from a dance company a few years ago at a festival and it involved 7 and under girls doing some suggestive moves. Hence, the reason why my daughter does not do dance.

I am whatever you say I am

May 13th, 2010
8:39 am

This is wrong on so many levels!
Where are the fathers!?!???

Cedric Andrews

May 13th, 2010
8:41 am

With child ponography at an all time high, why would a parent allow this? To exploit their kids in a way that will attract every “freak” out there is shameful. Yes, let the kid have some fun, but not at the expense of their innocence.

Lori

May 13th, 2010
8:42 am

Absolutely disgusting. These mothers have lost their minds to allow their little girls to dress/act like that. I don’t understand why in the music industry we have to use women’s bodies to sell anything. They are getting younger everyday and they have to be seductive to sell their music. It’s very sad.

Bikinis in general I also don’t understand for young girls. I see babies, tots, and very young girls running around in string bikinis at the beach. I don’t get it. Aside from any issues with modesty, why allow that much skin to be exposed to harmful sun rays? I have my kids in the little swim shirts and shorts at the beach. I don’t have to worry about their backs getting burned, I don’t have to apply nearly as much sunscreen, and they don’t get as much sand in their pants. Win-win-win!!!

Rickdancedad

May 13th, 2010
8:51 am

These are competitive dancers at a dance competition and the outfits were perfectly acceptable in that venue. I’m sure these girls work hard to perfect their skills just as an ice skater practices for hours upon hours. As a parent of three dancers (girls age 9-18) all my kids are well adjusted, mostly “A” students. They don’t do drugs or drink, they aren’t teenage moms and they have high morals and values. They’ve danced since a very young age and trained very hard. These costumes are fine and those that want to try and turn this into something sexual may be the ones with the problem!

Michael

May 13th, 2010
8:55 am

As a criminal defense attorney I will just say MORE WORK FOR ME BABY!!!!!

Alecia

May 13th, 2010
8:58 am

Yuck!! Hence the reason why my daughter does not take dance lessons. Granted, these girls are talented. I have also seen equally tacky stuff in my community as well. Some of the dance demonstrations for the under 7 crowd at local festivals border pole dancing. Yes, these girls are talented, but I have to wonder what other talents the parents want them to learn. Little girls dancing like strippers is not cute. Wonder how much the dance company was pushed by the parents. Also, have to agree with saying no to the beauty pagents until after puberty. It is amazing how many moms get caught up in the physical appearance of their daughters and do not teach them to appreciate anything other than looking good to catch a boy. Too many girls want to be fashionistas or dancers instead of going to college or building a skill set. Most pageant and dance parents are hoping the their daughters land a guy and give them grandbabies at an early age.

Bikini-There’s nothing wrong with little girls wearing bikinis if it is done in good taste. A tankini is okay. Babies in bikikis are okay, because it is easier to change them.

Alecia

May 13th, 2010
9:00 am

Sorry for the double post. Prematurely submitted.

Katie

May 13th, 2010
9:00 am

The dancing is trashy. For a mom to allow her daughter to dance like that on stage in a public place is even worse…..and you know they are as proud as they can be. If you can’t teach your 7 year old to respect themselves and their bodies you are in for a heap of trouble when your child gets older.

Katie

May 13th, 2010
9:01 am

I should not just pin it on the moms…for ANY parent to allow it is sad!!

Are these children parentless?

May 13th, 2010
9:01 am

I don’t have kids (yet), but I certainly would not allow my daughter to be exploited in this fashion.

A&K's Mom

May 13th, 2010
9:08 am

I have a 4yo and 2yo. Neither will wear a two piece as long as I’m their mother and care for them. With that being said, let a child have her innocence. Let her be a C-H-I-L-D. Then she can be a young lady. Then she can be a young woman and so on. Stop putting children on display. These moms would be hard pressed and grossed the heck out if they knew the amount of sexual predators getting off on this video. A two piece is nothing more than panties and bras…oh yea, you can swim in them. Manufacturers make them because silly moms (yep I said it) buy them and say ‘oh, this is sooo cute’. It’s not cute!! It’s disgusting!! My child asks because she see other little girls but I’m quick to tell her that’s not cute.

Now the dancing. Lmao. Wow. No doubt these little girls have talent. Kudo’s for them but how is what they are doing any different from the butt shaking, booty popping dance? It’s not. Do you think that just because you put them in very suggestive clothing and makeup (another topic of discussion/debate) that it’s somehow better? I think not.

This all comes down to parenting. And my opinion is poor parenting on the part of the moms and dads (who think it’s wrong but say nothing to keep the wife happy).

What tha

May 13th, 2010
9:08 am

Whats next Victoria Secret Child Collection lingerie?

Andre

May 13th, 2010
9:12 am

This is horrible, the fathers are probably there, but they’re spineless. I’m sure they wanted to say something, but they weren’t allowed. I really hate seeing this, maybe I would be more understanding if they were from another country and that’s apart of their culture, but I doubt it. I really hate when I see videos like this on Youtube, especially with little boys doing it as well. That’s just horrible.

Dancemom47

May 13th, 2010
9:14 am

If you don’t like dance costumes or bikinis on small children, then don’t let your daughters wear them. That is your choice. But who are any of you to try to push your ideas on other parents, or to judge them for their choices? If you spent more time on your own issues, and less time judging other people, the world would be a better place.

TechMom

May 13th, 2010
9:16 am

I think you are simply getting a glance into the average routines for dancers. The girls like to dance to today’s music but the problem is that the choreographers and teachers think it’s OK to make them dance and look like today’s pop stars as well. I like Beyonce but do 7-year olds need to dress and dance like her? Nope. And to further the issue, the parents (mostly moms) won’t say anything about it for fear of looking like a prude instead of trying to protect their daughters.

cat

May 13th, 2010
9:16 am

This disturbs me. They are very talented dancers. the outfit with the thigh highs, NOT good. The ass shaking and some other moves, NOT good. I am sure tons of sex predators will love this. Keep in mind Im very open minded, could care less how somebody dances (when older) what they where or what they do with there body….again this is very very disturbing.

Wounded Warrior

May 13th, 2010
9:18 am

As a mom of 2 girls, no way!!!!! They did wear bikinis when they were babies. They don’t listen to that type of music and certainly don’t dance like that in public.

Did anyone else think of John Bennee Ramsey? Just very creepy. Miley Cyrus with her pole dancing last summer, and recently the video of the birds’ nest…girls watch her.

Wonder how many of these girls will be prego in 10 years??? Just add a pole to their routine…very sad situation.

RJ

May 13th, 2010
9:25 am

JJ

May 13th, 2010
9:31 am

Absolutely DISGUSTING!!!! Sluts in Training.

But what do you expect? Look at what we are constantly bombarded with that is now mainstream. Look at any music video. It’s all about sex. Always has been, always will be.

It’s up to us as parents to guide our kids into adulthood. To guide them to make reasonable decisions, and to realize those decisions have consequences.

I don’t know one single father in my vast diverse group of friends who would allow their 7 year old to dance like this. But then again, I run with a moral crowd who actually parent their kids..

JO

May 13th, 2010
9:33 am

Very sad that their parents would think this is ok. I felt embarrassed for the parents and very sad that these girls are being raised like this. The parents are just acting for trouble.

momofone

May 13th, 2010
9:37 am

I agree the majority of the posters–the costume and dance moves were terribly inappropriate. My daughter took a dance class when she was four and, even then, I felt like many of the performances at the annual recital of all the classes (ages 3-9) seemed inappropriate. While I’ve known people who studied ballet through their teens, and always thought it was beautiful, graceful and took great strength and flexibilty, what I’ve observed through the class my daughter took as well as some that friend’s kids have taken is that there’s too much focus on the looks and the “pageantry” of it. The little girls are being taught to “look pretty” and dance suggestively, at times, and it’s only training them to value themselves by their looks. It was odd to me, that none of the other parents seemed to have a problem with it though.

I was happy my daughter had no interest in continuing her dance classes.

TechMom

May 13th, 2010
9:43 am

@Wounded Warrior – go check your daughters’ iPods. Too many parents want to say my kid doesn’t do this or that or listen to this or that but the likelihood is that they do (that song has been played on the radio about a bazillion times since it came out so even if it isn’t on their iPods, they probably still know every word). There is nothing inappropriate about the song – quite frankly I like the song and the meaning of it.

And I don’t think all these girls will end up pregnant, prostitutes or strippers in 10 years but what it does do is that it puts such an emphasis on their physical attributes that it shadows their intellectual ones and possibly distorts their values.

DanceMom47- take off your ‘dance-colored glasses’ and look at this routine and tell me that you don’t think these little girls are trying to look like 20-somethings? Our society constantly pushes kids to look, act and be older than they are but mentally & emotionally they aren’t. These girls likely see nothing wrong, sexual or lewd about this act because they have been taught it by adults, encouraged by adults and applauded by adults. But how many adults look at these girls as sexual objects because they’re made to look like them rather than little girls? Could these girls have put on a routine, even to this same song, that wasn’t quite as provocative? Could they have worn costumes that were more age appropriate? But what would it have taken for that to happen? Likely several moms would have had to stand up together and protest and that simply won’t happen in a pack.

mm

May 13th, 2010
9:45 am

What are their parents thinking??? Are their mothers trying to project themselves on them. In other words, when the little girls are dancing in such a provacative way in their fringed hotpants and bras, do their mothers feel like THEY are the ones dancing? The moms are probably obese and could never dance or look like that. It’s sick! If you’ve ever seen the show about “toddlers and tiaras” you know what I’m talking about. Their moms start sexualizing them when they are babies.

T

May 13th, 2010
9:47 am

Teachers have noted that these days, in the schools, the sexual aggression is most often exhibited by the GIRLS, not the boys….and you wonder why?! I guess I could go either way with the bikinis on little girls at the beach, although if I had girls I would definitely go with a one piece, but this video was very disturbing. I would not want my 8 & 10 year old boys to watch these little girls dance in those outfits. I don’t see HOW Mothers could have condoned that. They are just robbing the little girls of their childhoods. Sad.

ATL

May 13th, 2010
9:51 am

I think this is just sad,whats wrong with these moms today.letting there little girls shake and move like that, I think this video is just awful and something IS WRONG WITH THERE MOTHERS.I hope the moms are making sure they stay up on there education. Thats why the Teachers At school CAN’T teach and the kids are not learning, but we as parents want to blame the world because we are not training our kids.

So MANY CHILDREN ARE SO DISRESPECTFUL, HAVE NO HOME TRAINING AND NO MANNERS. MOTHER THESE ARE STILL BABIES AND YOU HAVE LOST CONTROL ALREADY.

TT

May 13th, 2010
9:54 am

A&KMons – well said. I think bikinis were made to hold boobs. If you do not have them, there is no need for the bikini. I rather see a kind in a diaper than in a bikini. Bikinis is nothing more than adult clothes on little kids. I have seen so many 6-7 year olds in teen clothes – tiny skirts and “barely covering” tanktops. And i totally agree why manufacturers produce them – it is because mom’s buy them!

itamazesme

May 13th, 2010
9:57 am

WOW!!! I don’t think it is so much as an entertainer having a bad influence as it is wrong for a mom to allow her 7 yr old to be shaking her “IMAGINATION”. As the parents, they should have drawn the line on some of the moves. Talented group of young ladies, BUT they really needed to tone it down a little.

JJ

May 13th, 2010
9:58 am

TechMom – LOVE your last paragraph!!!!!

Fred (with a capitol "F")

May 13th, 2010
9:59 am

It is somewhat amusing reading all of the comments. I find with my girls that talking to them about why I feel the way I do about issues such as these works so much better than pontificating. The youngest and I had a very similar conversation recently about prom dresses and the pictures posted on AJC. There were some very pretty dresses that were totally age/location inappropriate, at least in my opinion. I have had the discussion with bit of my girls that my preacher did with the teen groups way back when. His point was that you always go forward in your relationship, never backwards. You hold hand this time, you expect to handle hands next time and maybe hug or kiss. Next time hug or kiss and so on, You don’t expect to kiss this time and not be allowed to next time. This is true of relationships and of growing up. You can always relax a little and do more but you can never go back and undo something. It is better to be more conservative growing up and ease into things. They both agree and have made great choices.

Wounded Warrior

May 13th, 2010
10:00 am

@Techmom–my girls don’t have ipods, and we listen to country, and christian rock.

ALC

May 13th, 2010
10:03 am

Ladies and gentlemen………… here’s a peak at part of the next generation of leaders!

CDW

May 13th, 2010
10:13 am

Wow. I’m NOT a parent and I found this video disturbing. Never mind the bikini question, there is so much going wrong here:
- 7 year-olds bumping and grinding
- The title of the video “little girls going hard…” sounds like a pedophilia-fest.
- The number of adults complicit in the making of this video: the parent(s) of each child, their dance teacher, the cheering crowd, etc.
- To their credit, the girls are talented dancers (some of those turns are highly advanced), but their facial expressions, while appropriate to the choreography, seems out of place on an elementary-aged child.

I just don’t think that “sexy” should be a target trait for anyone who hasn’t hit puberty and the age of consent.

@Dancemom47 – “judging” is what society, as a whole, does. It is one of the ways we determine what is acceptable. Different societies have different standards; as an example, in some parts of the world girls are routinely married at 10 or 12 years old, often to men 10, 20, 30 years older, with the full expectation of marital “duties”. In the US, we would find that a reprehensible and jail-able offense. I think the vast majority of the comments above are a clear indicator that at least a vocal segment of our society finds the “sexualization” of elementary-school children offensive and problematic.

Whether dressing your child in sexy attire or encouraging her to engage in behavior that is explicit or sexy will lead to promiscuity later remains to be seen (be sure to let us all know). But what can be reasonably predicted is that at some point she will encounter someone who will find her dress/behavior sexy, not cute. When she does, will she have the emotional maturity to understand and handle it appropriately? Probably not, if her sexually-charged activities start in SECOND GRADE.

In an era with studies reporting girls engaging in sexual conduct at remarkably early ages, including elementary-school girls reporting participating in oral sex, “sexting” reported at all ages, etc, it is not unreasonable for society to “judge” these behaviors as unacceptable and subsequently condemn activities that appear to have a causal relationship.

So cover ‘em up. Encourage little girls to be/act like the children that they are, not mini-adults.

JATL

May 13th, 2010
10:15 am

I think the babies in bikinis is ALL about the style and look of it. The baby “bikinis” I think are cute are more suitably termed “two-pieces” and have ruffles, gingham, big sunflowers -that kind of thing going on. There’s a little tummy showing, but the bottoms and tops are pretty big. There’s NOTHING sexy about it -it’s just cute.

I also have no problem with regular kids dancing along to Mom or Dad’s music at home or on the radio, but in a choreographed dance number wearing costumes that look like stripper attire -NO. The sexualizing of children through clothing and actions makes me SICK. There’s a certain group of parents out there that seem to think it’s SO CUTE to dress their daughters (doesn’t necessarily apply to sons so much) like they’re 21 and ready for a night of bar-hopping. While pedophiles and rapists have NO right to ever do the horrible things they do, I can’t help but wonder why certain parents want to display their children in “sexy” fashions? What’s the point? Why do you want your 5 year old daughter to look like a carbon copy of you? If they’re having a fit for it, let them look forward to something when they grow up! I wasn’t allowed to wear high heels as a kid. Fortunately back then, no one was designing or selling fashions for children that looked like slut-wear, but I certainly wouldn’t have been allowed to wear it! My parents weren’t strict -I wore shorts and two-pieces and started shaving my legs VERY early, but as far as wearing adult-looking clothes -NO. I looked forward to growing up and wearing the stuff I couldn’t wear then.

Voice of Reason #1

May 13th, 2010
10:15 am

Uh…Dancemom47(at 9:14AM)…read your post and all the others. Who is likely not seeing things objectively, maturely and in the best interest of their child and the greater good of society and respect for women? You, I expect, are part of the problem with our overly-permissive and over-sexualized society. It is NOT good/or PROPER for 7 year olds to be shaking their butts in such a manner. just because someone CAN do something (i.e., girls acting/dancing like young hoochies at 7 y.o.), doesn’t mean they should.

momofone

May 13th, 2010
10:17 am

I’m with JJ–Well said TechMom!

HM

May 13th, 2010
10:18 am

I am not a parent, but even I know that the costumes and dance moves were HIGHLY inappropriate for seven-year-olds to perform. I teach middle school and I see similar dances like this all the time and these kids are older, yet it still bothers me. We need to allow them to be children. I do not blame Beyonce for her song since she is an adult. However, I do blame parents for not watching what their kids are doing or listening to what music they’re listening to.

Donna

May 13th, 2010
10:37 am

If one of my sons (in their 40s) down loaded that video the cops would take him to jail. It’s not just a question of “where are the mothers?” It’s a question of “Where are the fathers?” If any mom is too naive to know what men think about when they see this kind of dancing, then the dads need to step up and say, “NO,way. Put your your clothes on!”

Ryan

May 13th, 2010
10:39 am

Forgive me for being judgemental but the parents of these girls are very bad people.

itamazesme

May 13th, 2010
10:45 am

@dance mom – i am not juding or pointing a finger – i stated my opinion….if you look at it – the moves are stripper moves – that is where THOSE type of dances come from. You have to understand in today’s society – we have sick individuals who prey on young ladies like this – to them this is sexy not cute. I had a problem when my daughter became a cheerleader for recreational football and some of the moves they were doing. I did something about it – I became a coach because I didn’t want a 8 year old moving like she was shaking her money maker. We had great dance moves without all the “dropping it like its hot” – the “scrubbing the ground” – the “rop down get your eagle ons” – those are some of the moves that these young girls performed – AND PLEASE DON’T ASK how i know – LOL

Helen Lovejoy

May 13th, 2010
10:53 am

Won’t someone PLEASE think of the children!!!!!!

motherjanegoose

May 13th, 2010
10:54 am

Again, the issue is the value ( we as parents) place on things. If it is all about your body and how you can get others attracted ( to you) by what you wear and how you wiggle, then so be it. Just know that this message will stick with your daughter. SEEMS LIKE YOU ARE SAYING;
LOOK AT ME!

I was at a conference, in a hotel , last month. I stayed over night ( after the meeting) and the next day observed 2 other venues in the same hotel: a teen dance competition and a state girl scout meeting. To me, the contrast could not have been more obvious. The dancers acted like they owned the place and that everyone should be in awe ( even on the elevators). The girl scouts were humble and not strutting around in their costumes. They sported vests with patches that SHOULD have made folks realize they were investing in their community ( through service) and not asking others to invest their eyes on them.

Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder and those girl scouts were far more beautiful, to me.

Michelle

May 13th, 2010
11:07 am

Well, I haven’t seen the video (it’s blocked at work), but from I can gather, I think I would shocked to see some of the dance moves! I think if the kids are talented enough to do difficult moves, GREAT…however, let them be age appropriate!

Parents today just want their kids to grow up so fast and be little “adults”. For goodness sake, let them be kids while they can! They have a lifetime of responsibility ahead of them! They shouldn’t be practicing moves they shouldn’t be using for YEARS to come! I think having boys seeing these moves just puts more ideas into their heads…and not the good kind either!

I am VERY thankful that I do not have girls! :o)

MJG-I was at a confernce in CA by Disney when they held their cheerleading competition! WOW…some of the girls and their behavior were totally inappropriate. I think they totally lacked any type of self modesty. They were all about “showing” it off!

Teenagers have such a self esteem issue anyway, why should we make them seem that appearance is the only thing to be judged upon? We are only teaching them that the superficial “stuff” is important. How do we expect them to be successful in life without knowing how to handle anything of substance (i.e. dating and date rape, morals, values in a relationship, saving money)?

Mea

May 13th, 2010
11:09 am

One word: Wrong. The costumes, the dance moves, the choice of music – and most especially, the cheering from the audience: wrong, wrong, wrong.

James

May 13th, 2010
11:11 am

Holy crap. I do not have children and I don’t really want them, but this is too much. If one of my friends let his daughter do this I would punch him in the face. The song is fine, the dancing is fine. The outfits are not. If you sit back from the screen a few feet you can’t tell if they are 7 years old or 27. I just know some perv is getting off on this; can these girls’ parents really feel ok with this whole thing? It crosses the line between art (if children dancing ever was) and sex, and that shouldn’t happen when you’re 7 years old.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

May 13th, 2010
11:20 am

Hear! Hear! Helen Lovejoy!! — an excellent reference!

Denise

May 13th, 2010
11:24 am

That video is worse than what I imagined. There is nothing close to “oh, they just thought it was a tough move” in the grinding to the floor. Horrible. At dress rehearsal, at the very latest, this -ish should have been stopped.

I know I’m going to get blasted for this by people who “know my daughters don’t act like that” but you do NOT know what your daughters dance like at school dances, proms, and at house parties unless you are there watching them 100% of the time. You may have taught them right from wrong but you never know, esp. in this day and age of hypersexualization of girls of any and every age. (Hell, there are low rider jeans for CHILDREN. WTH does a kid need with a low rise jean? Don’t get me started on the clothes and the pageants.) All I am saying is that you never know what your kids are doing when you’re not looking. Hopefully it’s just dancing.

FCM

May 13th, 2010
11:24 am

I have a no bikni rule in my house (8 & 10). (Mom’s should give up their bikini with the first baby no matter how fab their bod remains…but that is another subject).

I took flack from family who thought it was cute. Here is what I told them:

#1–set a child up on the path you wish them to follow. If I allow an itsy bitsy now how can I deny it when they are 15 – 18?

#2–have you seen the suits? Trampy!

#3–Tankini is a perfectly acceptable alternative.

Dancing to Single Ladies–well any “suggestive” dancing (keister sticking out etc) gets a stern warning from me. If it happens again, I turn off the tune. Again…setting them on the path. I do encourage them to put their hands in the air and bounce around to the song too. I want them to celebrate being ladies and know their is no stigma to being single.

motherjanegoose

May 13th, 2010
11:27 am

@ Michelle, yes…the attitudes of those girls you observed in Ca and the ones I saw at the conference I attended, we cultivated way before either of us stepped into the picture. Same as when I see children in restaurants who are throwing a fit…I say ( to my husband) ” this did not start today…”.

It was fun meeting you yesterday, even though I had to drive out to the boonies…LOL! New friends always add an interesting dimension to my life!

motherjanegoose

May 13th, 2010
11:28 am

FCM…keister…haha….I rarely hear that word…love it!

Danielle

May 13th, 2010
11:31 am

Not one of those girls are 7 years old!! Please stop saying that! I know the families of these girls personally and they are 9 years old! They are not in 1st grade! Im a dancer and have danced since I was 3 and these girls are amazing! They put that costume on for the 3 minutes they are on stage for their “performance” and then its off to a different costume for their next routine! They are wearing shorts for god sake! They practice in shorts and crop tops so its the same thing to them. They are innocent little girls who are just having fun and the people who are looking at it in a sexual way are the ones who need some counseling!!!

Steve

May 13th, 2010
11:32 am

WOW!!!!! What a bunch of babies people posting on here. These young girls are just having fun dancing. Its not meant to be sexy or anything. Its cute. I dont see anything wrong with it. Get over it.

jld

May 13th, 2010
11:43 am

As usual the sexually oppressed can only see it one way, while I see them as a group of kids that are talented and having some fun. Lighten up people—-at least they’re not doing it in the closet like some and you know who you are!!

DisgustingVideo

May 13th, 2010
11:47 am

Babies in bikinis are no where near as bad as the video above. Although the girls look cute, this type of dancing is highly inappropriate for young girls. The parents should be ashamed. Thank goodness I only have boys!

KoolAid House

May 13th, 2010
11:47 am

First, whoever said the child who wears the one piece bathing suit has something to look toward as they grow up in terms of wearing a bikini is RIGHT ON POINT.

For me, this routine was a bit too much. Techincally, the girls weren’t good in terms of being in sych. Other than that, the moves were to mature for 7 year olds. What reason on God’s Green Earth would a 7 year old need to thrust her pelvic like a woman gyrating on stage. Give me a freaking break. Shame on the choreographer and the parents for allowing this.

And, I’m no prude, but this routine and the dang outfits were RI.DI.CU.LOUS!#(*)#&(*@*&#e*

MJD

May 13th, 2010
11:48 am

That was disgusting !!!!!!!! I hope those parents are prepared for every pedophile who has You Tube to enjoy themselves over what those parents thought was talent.

HB

May 13th, 2010
11:49 am

Danielle, you consider those to be shorts?! At most, they are the equivalent of a boy short style bikini.

Meme

May 13th, 2010
11:50 am

I don’t think that this is much different from all the babies and toddlers that they dress up like 18 year-old and put in beauty contests.

JATL

May 13th, 2010
11:53 am

Those of you who think this is fine (I think there are 3 in 92), read the majority of the comments. @Danielle -parents who let 5 year olds, 7 year olds or 9 year olds dress and bump and grind have REAL issues. Perhaps you should seek counseling and consult some experts on this type of thing. It’s NOT okay! Of course if you’re trash and you’re raising your kids to be trashy and classless -then there’s our explanation. And believe me -I am NOT a prude, a religious person or even for censorship in most cases, but young girls in stripper outfits are disgusting -there’s no other way to spin it!

MKA

May 13th, 2010
12:01 pm

Danielle, you’re kidding…right?!!! As if there is a HUGE difference between 7 & 9. Either way, 9 is STILL pre-puberty and these “nine-year-olds” have no business doing this type of dance. They are super-talented, so they could have done a more age-appropriate dance and still excelled!

Cumming, Ga mom

May 13th, 2010
12:02 pm

Danielle,
You are a prime example of the kind of woman I was speaking of. You make excuses and act like the fact that they’re 9 instead of 7 makes such a HUGE difference – it doesn’t. Whether the little girls consider the dance moves/music sexy at this point is immaterial, though I’m quite sure they have a hint of the effect from the crowd reaction. Again, when they’re of age and want to hit the dance clubs and shake their stuff, go for it. I know I did! But as others have stated, those girls are showing off stripper moves, and their parents and elders are roaring with approval. Put lipstick on a pig…it’s still a pig.

A

May 13th, 2010
12:09 pm

I think this was inspired by the burlesque dance Olive did in “Little Miss Sunshine”. Just without the irony.

crass realist

May 13th, 2010
12:09 pm

I hold up two horrible examples of society run amok: Lindsey and Dina Lohan. Dina Lohan sexualized her daughter at a very young age and now lives vicariously through (and with) her. I think it is deplorable what has happened to our young girls…

stephen ball

May 13th, 2010
12:11 pm

I am a 63 year old dance teacher and have b een teaching for 40 years…I say “No” to all two piece costumes and suggestive moves of any kind…my students consistently win national dance competitions and even my l8 years olds never dance in such suggestive manners. It is time that national dance competitions take a stand and disqualify any number that has children dancing in such a way.

JJ

May 13th, 2010
12:17 pm

Can you say Denial?

motherjanegoose

May 13th, 2010
12:23 pm

Hoorah stephen, you are the voice of reason….there is such a thing as classy dance. I am curious as to why ( you think) adults seem to encourage this type of thing in their children.

Often, kids will do anything for parental approval….they are not mature enough to sort things out themselves. Unfortunately, some adults ask children to do things that are simply not right and is even illegal. Where do kids draw the line?

motherjanegoose

May 13th, 2010
12:24 pm

ooops…things that are simply not right and may even be illegal.

Porn for Pedophiles

May 13th, 2010
12:36 pm

You know what comes to mind when I watch this????? JonBenét Ramsey . I mean that happen in 1996 so I guess it’s lost to many new parents. Go take a child abuse investigate class at your local community college and it will open your eyes. This is porn for pedophiles. I know we can’t keep are kids locked up and there are great positive things from dance competitions and other competitions for kids BUT show casing them as little adults is not a good thing. CLEARLY these girls are great dancers…..but gyrating and the skimpy costume is……WAY inappropriate. AND to me it doesn’t matter if they are 7 or 9. If one of them was abducted these parents would be reevaluating their parenting style. I took a one credit class to purely keep my scholarship in college and it was best class I ever took and it was before JonBenét Ramsey. It was child abuse investigating and it really opens your eyes to child predator.As a parent you have to be EVEN more vigilant today because of the Internet . Sexual repressed I am not…..overly religion I am not. I’m very open mined and liberal but to me puts these kids in the target for child predators!

katgil

May 13th, 2010
12:37 pm

I have 3 daughters who all dance.(ages 8,10,and 12). Their company teaches dance as a art form. Yes, they go to one competition a year but they never so much as show their stomachs or shake it on stage. Those who teach these children to move like this are not really teaching dance. Our girls are always shocked to see other groups who perform this way and the parents are always thankful for our dance studio!

Porn for Pedophiles

May 13th, 2010
12:37 pm

THANK YOU stephen ball !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

jd

May 13th, 2010
12:39 pm

FCM- I generally agree with a lot that you have to say but the remark about mom’s not wearing bikini’s after children was just too much. I’m 45, have 3 children, size 2 and look better than most 20-30 something’s in a bikini. A remark that broad aimed at ALL mother’s is wrong. Just because you can’t wear one after your children, don’t dish those of us that can okay.

The Reader

May 13th, 2010
12:40 pm

How sickening! First class child abuse. Same with that TV show “tiaras”. etc. These idiotic mothers have no clue about what is right/wrong. Unfortunately, they see their kids becoming great models, and making lot of money, so let’s start early. And here we go again. Here, in US it does not matter HOW the money is made. Sale of violent computer games, fast food junk that’s killing people, guns, stupid TV shows. Does not matter – it’s business, brings money, more money to Uncle Sam to waste elsewhere, instead of investing in here…

motherjanegoose

May 13th, 2010
12:44 pm

HB…lots of assumptions being tossed around today… I guess you have noticed….:)

KJ

May 13th, 2010
12:45 pm

LOL @ all the “pedophile” references, as if people are going to watch this video and magically morph into child predators. Better update the sex offender registry to include anyone who has youtube access.

JATL

May 13th, 2010
12:47 pm

@jd -I agree. While I don’t look good in a bikini right now, I know I could again especially with the tummy tuck I want! You better believe if I get to have my tummy tuck/”mom special” w/ a breast lift -I’m going to show off the results! And I have to say, there are some moms at our neighborhood pool who have one or two kids, and they look SPECTACULAR in their bikinis -literally -kill-worthy looking! I fear they may be in danger from other moms! There’s not one stretch mark and their tummies are super-flat and toned. Why shouldn’t they wear one?

stephen ball

May 13th, 2010
12:57 pm

I have been asked why I think parents allow this..and I have to say I honestly think it is allowed because that is what is winning a lot of comptitions in dance these days. Katgil please thank your children’s dance teacher for me..I am glad to know that there is one more out there who feels the way I do.

jd

May 13th, 2010
12:58 pm

JATL- thank you, my point exactly. I live on the lake and see many mom’s that should not even think of the word bikini but in the same scene I see some great looking mom’s that can flaunt it with the best. A good friend of mine is 54 and looks about 35 in hers. I’m just hoping I can still look that good in mine at that age. On topic….NO….these children should not be dressing and moving like that. I saw a documentary recently on pedifiles and several of them said they started with the coppertone baby pictures. Our minds don’t understand it but they’re out there.

motherjanegoose

May 13th, 2010
1:04 pm

JATL…glad I do not live in your neighborhood. We have real moms in real swimsuits here and it is not eye candy. Some Moms really do look great but we are not having a competition, as far as I can tell. I have never worn a bikini ( even when I would have looked good in one) and certainly never will ( that is just me) . I always tell me clients, ” I know I was not hired for what I look like…I try to look nice but the information I can share is always more important…” Perhaps not on this blog ( LOL) but for those who actually pay for my opinion.

KoolAid House

May 13th, 2010
1:15 pm

Hello, motherjanegoose!

JATL

May 13th, 2010
1:15 pm

@MJG -who is having a competition? I’m sure other moms at the pool have looked at those moms just like I have, with a little green-eyed envy, but it’s not like they’re ostracized or anything dumb like that. We are grownups -not high schoolers. We’re all primarily there though to enjoy the pool with our kids. There’s certainly no competition. We have plenty of “real” moms in “real” swimsuits at our pool -and I’m one of them (thank you Land’s End for skirtinis!). Not sure why women in bikinis can’t be “real moms” or why bikinis aren’t “real swimsuits” though… I’m sure when some of those bikini-clad moms are on their 5th mile of jogging and pushing a 60 lb + jogging stroller full of kids, they feel like real moms!

KoolAid House

May 13th, 2010
1:16 pm

BTW, thank you Stephen. My child also dances, jazz, tap, balet, lyrical and hip hop. None of the troups costumes are revealing nor suggestive. They are nice and kid oriented. No reason for a child to come to the stage wearing boyshorts…no reason whatsoever!!

Dacula Nana

May 13th, 2010
1:19 pm

I’m reminded of an episode of “Sex and the City”, where Samantha is running the bas mitzvah for a 13-year old and her friends. These girls look and act as though they are in their 20s, and even the sexually liberated Samantha has trouble coping with them. In the end, Carrie says Samantha realized she had something these girls never had – a childhood. You are only 7 (or 8 or 9) once. You can never go back and be a kid again! There will be plenty of time for them to behave as adults when they are adults.

It is possible to choreograph dance routines for young girls that show off their dance talent without showing off their imaginary assets. I’ve attended many dance recitals that my nieces were in, and their teacher/choreographer always found something modern yet sweet for the ones in the single digits to dance to, and never put in such bump and grind moves as we see in this video. Even as teens doing hip hip, the moves were not terribly suggestive and neither were the outfits. Their dad would have stormed the stage and dragged them off if it had been otherwise! Neither he nor my sister-in-law are religious, and they are quite liberal politically, but they both firmly believed in teaching their daughters to respect themselves, and to find value in their intellect, talents, and personalities and not just their looks (and for the record, all three girls are quite stunning). Two are now in college and one in high school, and they would be absolutely shocked at this video.

KoolAid House

May 13th, 2010
1:21 pm

It is possible to choreograph dance routines for young girls that show off their dance talent without showing off their imaginary assets.

SLAM DUNK. Everybody can go home now!!!

Sounds like JATL...

May 13th, 2010
1:32 pm

…might be in the closet with all her “mom love” to the other flat belly moms. And, I, too, live on the lake, and have NEVER seen a 55 year old that looks like she could be “35″. Quite a bit of exxageration going on here today….

G.R.I.T.S.

May 13th, 2010
1:40 pm

@theresa…i would definately take this video off here…just wait til later or tomorrow and see how many hits this page has…this video is a pedophiles dream ( i would imagine) these kids are great dancers…the costume is horrible for the age group and so are a lot of the moves these kids are making…shaking their non existant breasts…and as someone else mentioned…all they needed was a pole…what are these parents thinking?? and yes it made me think of jon benet ramsey too….parents need to stop flaunting their kids like this. you can blame the choreographer all you want…but its the parents who are ultimately responsible. and yes-the dance schools do teach these things-here in my rural community the school has a talent show each year….one year one girl did a solo dance-she had been taking dance lessons for years and really was amazing..but she was 13..and her dance would have made professional strippers green with envy–half of the audience walked out of the show…and her parents were sitting there beaming proudly….all this just makes me sick…

Name (required)

May 13th, 2010
1:43 pm

@ Sounds like JATL… – I guess you weren’t in the right part of the lake to see the 55 year old.

Just because you haven’t seen the woman, doesn’t mean there isn’t one.

Roswell Jeff

May 13th, 2010
1:49 pm

G.R.I.T.S. – What do you hope to accomplish by having the video removed from the blog? Pedophiles find there jollies all over the net. Having it here on the blog is not going to stop them.

I didn’t even bother watching the clip. Judging by the comments, I don’t want to see it. Someone needs to see it though – someone needs to know what kind of garbage they are teaching these young girls.

G.R.I.T.S.

May 13th, 2010
1:54 pm

and as for ‘where are the fathers’ question…..my daughters would never be allowed to do anything like this and i sure dont need their fathers to help me make that decision!~

jd

May 13th, 2010
1:55 pm

Sounds like JATL – maybe that’s because you never guessed her age…or you live on the wrong lake.

JATL

May 13th, 2010
1:56 pm

@Sounds like JATL -nope, not in the closet -tried it in college, but it wasn’t for me -if it had been I would be openly gay and proud! I think it’s sad though that you think just because someone admires the way a person of the same sex looks, then they must be “in the closet.” Instead of “Sounds like JATL” why don’t you call yourself, “Sounds like a 14 year old”?

G.R.I.T.S.

May 13th, 2010
2:08 pm

@roswell jess..i guess i just dont want them here lol..i know these things are everywhere…but i just hate when trolls start taking over here…

i also asked the opinion of my 18 yo daughter and her 20 yo bf…they were both disgusted…..so its not just us ‘old fogies’ that think this isnt good…

G.R.I.T.S.

May 13th, 2010
2:10 pm

oops i meant roswell jeff lol..finger malfunction here

motherjanegoose

May 13th, 2010
2:15 pm

@ JATL….I certainly did not mean to offend you.

When I say real moms I mean the same as real women with real bodies….kind of like the difference between the models on the runway ( sp?) and the folks who live next door ( to me): a size 4 or a size 10/12/14…whatever. I really do not look at other women with a little green eyed envy because they born with a “perfect” body or they had the money to acquire one through plastic surgery. If they are happy…good …it is just not my thing. Perhaps I am the only one….who knows?

From birth to 18 a girl needs good parents. From 18 to 35, she needs good looks. From 35 to 55, good personality. From 55 on, she needs good cash…Sophie Tucker

motherjanegoose

May 13th, 2010
2:19 pm

this is funny too:

She got her looks from her father. He’s a plastic surgeon.
Groucho Marx

Roswell Jeff

May 13th, 2010
2:38 pm

G.R.I.T.S. – I’ve been called worse! :) My sister’s name is Jess(ica). I remember my grandfather doing roll call with us… I was called Jess, quite a few times. lol

dance gal

May 13th, 2010
2:43 pm

i think that babies in bikinies are ok its not bad cuz they dont have anything to flaunt so just let them were them while there young and i also think thattheres nothing wrong with dancing and showing off how good you are although they might be shaking a little too much its not there fault i was a dancer and still am and we wore outfits like that when i was 5 and we danced its not bad, they have nothing to flaunt either so i dont think its fair that you guys are calling the girls sluts and hoochies its the directors fault for teaching that to the girls

Michelle

May 13th, 2010
2:53 pm

@ JD & JATL, I think what FCM was trying to say (sorry if I’m wrong FCM) was that a mother, we would hope to instill modesty and self worth in our children, especially the girls. If we are wearing bikini’s and encouraging them as well, then maybe we are asking folks to look at only our “bodies” instead of the rest of what we can offer. Sometimes it is hard for others to look past that and respect the person!

That being said, I used to wear bikinis (back in the day) and would likely wear them now if I could! Honestly, I would likely wear a tankini versus the traditional one because of the ability it would allow me to actually do things with my kids without risking embarrassing me or them! :o) I say this because of the moms at the pool who has a nice figure and wears a bikini was “goofing” around and she didn’t realize that one of the “girls” popped out! Let’s just say none of the teenaged boys or husbands around the pool said anything!

Stephan Ball and the other dance instructors like him who teach the young kids…thank you for not teaching the adult moves! Trust me, they’ll learn them all on their own soon enough!

Porn for Pedophiles

May 13th, 2010
3:02 pm

that was quick. Ask a you shall recieve. Let it be gone!!!!!! I want a millon bucks…….waiting…….waiting……waiting……How long does it take after you ask???????

BTW I don’t see the vedio any more…..is it me or is it gone?????

jd

May 13th, 2010
3:05 pm

That’s fine IF that was her intention but her post said no mom, should wear them….tis the only reason for my post. And my girls are 18 & 16 respectively, and they both said they don’t see anything wrong with it as long as your junks not hanging out….straight from the mouths of teens haha

Monica

May 13th, 2010
3:12 pm

I’d love to know two things with regard to the video:

1) If this were a competition, what did they score?

2)How does Beyonce feel about this dance routine for little girls?

motherjanegoose

May 13th, 2010
3:20 pm

@dancegal…you really backed up the point about exactly what marketable talents many dancers do and do not possess. :0 Thanks for clearing things up.

@ Michelle… your first paragraph is what I was thinking too!

lakerat

May 13th, 2010
3:29 pm

That “55 year old” on the lake is really 57, and has a twin sister who lives in Dallas, TX that looks just as good…I went to high school with them. They also have a 55 year old sister who, too, looks just as good, though she does not live on the lake. So, yes, those bodies do exist!

Becky

May 13th, 2010
3:38 pm

I don’t really care for some of the moves that the girls are making, but the outfits are ok..Only for a dance routine..One thing that I am confused about is everyone that says they won’t let their young daughters wear a 2 pc. swim suit..Why? Unless a mother is acting like a hoochie moma, I see no reason for a woman to wear a bikini around her daughters..I know a lady that is 62, has 2 granddaughters and a great granddaughter and (gasp) she wears a bikini..I would much rather them wear one at a young(er) age than 15-20(??) so that I can be there to monitor them..

Sarah

May 13th, 2010
4:17 pm

They are sort of faux bikini’s — really just short shorts with a bathing suit type top — and they are really fabulous dancers, pretty much in sync with each other and very good pirouettes. It looks to me that it is just show biz. The dance is a little suggestive with the shakes, etc. and maybe that could have been toned down a bit. When I was a child in dance we did a dance to Bali Hai from South Pacific in hula skirts and tops like that and wiggled our hips around in a somewhat suggestive hula type dance. That was in the 1950’s and no one complained about that show of early sexuality. I image those girls were just dancing and having a good time with it and did not even think about the fact that the original song and dance were suggestive in any way. Do seven year olds think about sex??? A good release of energy with an important life lesson on teamwork likely a lot of fun for them is how I perceive it.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

May 13th, 2010
5:43 pm

i’m pretty sure I’m disabling the video later tonight.

Angela

May 13th, 2010
6:53 pm

Am I the only one who thinks this is an open invitation to pediphiles, I mean come on, I’ve seen less suggestive moves and more clothes at a club and the parents are the only ones to blame. They have the say in what their child does or does not do. I work at an inner-city school and we work very hard to discourage this sort of behavior but our parent involvement is around 5%. This is awful and these poor little girls have no idea what they are doing.

Bri

May 13th, 2010
6:58 pm

These little girls have SO MUCH talent!! But this is really not the way to show case that talent. The outfits are MUCH to showy for a child!! And the dance moves are VERY sexual.

PTC MOM

May 13th, 2010
7:00 pm

Stephen Ball was my dance teacher 25 years ago, now he teaches my 15 year-old. He has always encouraged his girls to act like LADIES. When my daughter fell in love with dance, I knew she would be safe in his care, that he would not allow inappropriate costumes or dance moves. We do go to dance competitions all over the country and this type of dance is the rule, rather than the exception any more. I’m so thankful that my daughter has this kind of leadership in her life, now that she is almost grown up, that she is able to discern for herself what is right and wrong (but don’t think we don’t send her marching back upstairs if her dad and I don’t approve of her outfit!).

Isn’t that really our job as parents anyway, to give them wisdom and judgment to make the right decisions themselves? Seems to me that these little dancers will have a different perspective on that than my own little dancer.

Marci

May 13th, 2010
7:29 pm

Are you SERIOUS???

Get your HEAD out of your BUTT! Dance is dance ~ but this is smut! I have two daughters (one of them was in dance begining at this age) and she was CLASSICALLY TRAINED. This kind of exploitative display is only damaging to these girls and the ones viewing this…thinking this is something to aspire to. SHAME on these parents for NOT stepping up to change the choreography. THEY are the ones paying the teacher/instructor!
So much for women’s liberation.

Marci

May 13th, 2010
7:30 pm

(my comment was in response to the so-called father (or maybe the mother) who saw NOTHING wrong with this!

Marci

May 13th, 2010
7:38 pm

I am APPLAUDING Stephen Ball !

holly

May 13th, 2010
7:39 pm

not appropriate dance nor costumes for girls this age, what are their parents thinking. not good

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!

Jess

May 14th, 2010
10:13 pm

I was in dancing for six years… I did Ballet, Jazz, Tap, and Lyrical. How can the few of you say this is ART of dancing? Maybe in a strip club but stuff like this is something 7 year olds just should not be doing. Don’t get me wrong they have some talent.. but this kind of dancing and clothing needs to be saved for the older girls or better yet strippers. The only art I saw in this was the fouettes, and a couple of other ballet moves.. the rest NO.

Joy

May 15th, 2010
12:14 am

This crazy, I can not believe these little girls parents actually allowed them to do this… I am truly shocked by that video. The parents need to slapped back to reality. Seriously, I want to know if the parent really thought/think this is alright for the little girls to do. Damn they’re taking their innocents away from them.

HB

May 15th, 2010
12:55 am

For those saying this dance is artistic expression and that the girls don’t know what it means (to me, those to statements contradict each other — they don’t know what they’re expressing, but those moves are important, creative, and artistic on their part?), what if these girls were singing instead of dancing? Would it be ok for a choir of little girls to sing “I wanna sex you up”? Or what about profane lyrics? I mean, hey, since little girls don’t know what f@!# means (they aren’t even curious about that yet! yeah, right), then it’s fine for them to sing it as long as they show a lot of talent and it’s a competition, right?

Really, I can’t see any justification for having 8-y-olds perform this routine.

DK

May 15th, 2010
9:21 am

And we wonder why so many grown women behave badly? Our “beauty” pageants are now just T & A shows, and when you hear the ladies speak, you know all their time & effort and $$ went into fake stuff to look sexier (not prettier), and zero in studying anything. There’s a time and place for sexuality, this culture says it values intelligent women, but everything we see says to win you must project nothing but sex. Don’t even get me started on pop culture and shows on TV–ever ask yourself why on every sitcom is it OK for the guy to be fat & bald, but the wife has to be hot with lots of T & A? Why does she have to hold to a standard of sexiness, but the guys don’t? I remember back in the 70’s when sexiness had to be maintained by both men & women. It may have been too sexy, but at least both genders had to keep up. When did guys get to quit (baggy clothes, sloppy grooming), and women had to shrink already tiny clothes so every bit of flesh is showing and be enhanced from their fake nails to fake hair extensions to pubic landscaping?

stephen ball

May 15th, 2010
10:23 am

Finally this morning on ABC a child psychologist exclaimed that this was wrong on so many levels…and that because it was a dance routine done in the contest of competition made no difference…he was appalled that the parents allowed this….I guess that answers the questions for most of us who found this shocking.

catlady

May 15th, 2010
10:36 am

My daughters danced, and one was a cheerleader, but they NEVEr would have continued if (stuff) like this had been peddled as their” routine”! Thankfully, I live in a community that has much less tolerance for (stuff) like this. The girls did have a dance they did when the band played a song which involved hip thrusting. I complained, and it was eliminated. I am actually one of the most liberal posting on this blog, but, please, parents—PARENT! Raise your children in the “nurture and admonition of the Lord.” I have complained to administrators and left “performances” where sex was peddled off as “art” or “free speech.”

You would not believe some of the things little girls come to school dressed in–like strippers, pole dancers, and hoochie mamas. Please teach your daughters to present themselves as vital, alive, INTELLIGENT people, not modeled after some pop star.

On the question of babies in bikinis, I have no problem. I have never seen one that was offensive. However, I would be concerned about skin damage due to sun exposure. Once a little girl reaches a certain age and she is in fact starting to look like a girl instead of some androgynous person, then choices should be carefully made. Do we want to see 9 year old boys running around in skin tight speedos?

motherjanegoose

May 15th, 2010
11:07 am

@ stephen great news!

In my line of work, the parents will still disagree with the expert and say,
“HE/SHE does not know my child…” CORRECT but he/she knows more children ( and more about children) than you ever will.

Alix

May 15th, 2010
4:32 pm

I’m not a mother, simply a 24 year old woman and an elder sister, but I feel I should say that these little girls are all amazingly talented. but the song, dance and video were geared towards young adults and adult women. “ladies” not “girls” or “children”.

and the audience, parents, and judges who all sat back during audition, and the other competitions to get to this level of championship who ALLOWED the costumes and dance routine to be performed should all be ashamed of themselves. i’m disgusted with this on all angles.

p disney

May 15th, 2010
7:17 pm

Apparently the people complaining have never been the parent of a dancer and see how hard these kid work. These 7 year olds are AMAZING……give them the credit they deserve.

lb

May 15th, 2010
7:45 pm

excuse me Mr. Stephen Ball: you are a total freaking idiot. BTW, what does God, the Lord have to do with any of this?

motherjanegoose

May 15th, 2010
9:57 pm

@ lb…and you are?

@ p disney…apparently you know more than the child psychologist on ABC? ( yes, they probably just plucked up any idiot wanted to join them..after all it is national news) I knew it would not take long for someone to step up to the plate…LOL

lb

May 15th, 2010
11:11 pm

Original Blog:

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.

****May I add please, that a pedophile unfortunately doesn’t need this type of provocation. They would hsve urges for a child in a burka.
To the right wing, churchgoing, old fashioned folks here: times are changing. These girls should be commended for the amount of work and dedication that went into this at such a young age. Their parents arent teaching them to be “strippers” or “loose”. They have taught them that hard work pays off! ( You do realize that your parents said this same crap about Elvis and the Beatles?)Too bad our lazy, MCdonald loving, overweight children don’t participate. Lastly, while you are taking jabs at these girls and their parents, I suppose none of your children are playing “assassins” on their video games. Much Healthier! P.S If you dont look nice in your swimwear, perhaps you too should try some exercise.

Stop opining unless your educated enough to know what REAL child abuse is.

Sulina

May 15th, 2010
11:27 pm

While I agree with the sentiment that if you don’t want your child dressed that way you shouldn’t dress your child that way… This video crosses a line.

Since I don’t live in California I can’t boycott the dance studio that produced this filth but I CAN boycott Paul Mitchell for supporting what is certainly exploitative and is little more than child pornography.

So goodbye Paul Mitchell. I’ve used your products for years but if you are going to financially support dance competitions that don’t have rules to prevent exploitation of children and promote over sexualizing of young girls then I’m voting with my pocket book and my feet.

It is really sad to see a company that normally known for its charitable work get drug through the mud like this. Millions of people seeing those girls dance with your logo visible behind them is NOT good for your business.

Hello Suave!

Mr. N

May 16th, 2010
12:52 am

These girls demonstrated confidence, talent, work ethic, physical fitness, ability to perform under pressure, etc. when most other 9 year old’s are eating Doritos in front of the TV. All those parents complaining need to reflect on what their 9 year old’s have accomplished thus far, probably very little.

motherjanegoose

May 16th, 2010
5:02 am

lb…still not sure you are in the same league as Stephen Ball, who has been involved with dancers for YEARS or a child psychologist, who perhaps is educated to know what real child abuse is ( as you mentioned).

Opinions are like noses…we all have one….even me….the professionals ( here) can shed light on the subject and they have. I missed your professional credentials, were they mentioned?

You did get one thing right…times are changing and those who work with children all the time, see how well that is working out….NOT. You might follow catlady…she has worked with children a LONG time and you could learn a few things from her posts.

I am not an expert on this topic…I simply appreciate those who can validate their opinion and not call names to those whose opinion differs from their own.

Angie

May 16th, 2010
9:30 am

I’m not a parent by any means, but just as a viewer I’m very much offended by that. I showed the video to my father and he said he wouldn’t want to see me doing that in the same outfit today and I’m 29. What I’m having a hard time understanding is what was the choreographer thinking when she came up with the dance and who picked out those slutty outfits, but most importantly, who are these girls’ parents that allowed their young child to participate in something like that? We can say that media and performers over sexualize everything, but at the end of the day its the parents’ responsibilty to guide their children in an appropriate direction. This is definitely an example of parenting FAILURE!!!

stephen ball

May 16th, 2010
9:51 am

@Ib you have the right to call me anything you like…but I can back up my view point with a professional child psychologist….you are backing up your view point with …what was it again? I never mentioned God at anytime so I am not sure from whence that reference came..I am a freaking idiot for even recognizing such unvalidated opinions as your.

HB

May 16th, 2010
11:36 am

lb, I don’t think anyone has taken jabs at the girls and most who have expressed shock and horror at the routine have acknowledged they have talent and have indeed worked hard. Seems to me the skimpy costumes and provocative moves DISTRACT from their talent and hard work. Do you really think those costumes and moves are necessary to show off their skills? And working hard at their craft means they must dress that way? I’m sure there will be people who would object to most anything involved with dance — leotards, high kicks, etc. But based on the responses here and the national attention this has gotten, it is not just a conservative fringe who finds this routine to be too adult for little girls. The parents and instructors showed bad judgement and poor taste.

lb

May 16th, 2010
11:38 am

it is a blog, Mr. Ball. I do not have to list my credentials. I assure you that they are noteworthy. Psychologists are a dime a dozen….you can get any number of them to back up most any opinion. I happened upon this site quite by accident. As I said before, excuse me-but your rhetoric is narrow-minded. Catlady reference to the Lord is beyond offensive. And finally to Ms. “Goose”, excuse me again, what professionals? Did you even read what I wrote? The direction given from these parents is beyond an “outfit”: they are being taught discipline, sacrifice, and hard work. And like the outfit or not, they are learning to have self-worth from their accomplishments. But you are right, better to buy video games, watch TV and get some Meth. And since you all have “professional” opinions, have about spending time blogging about Nashville, Immigrants , Afganistan Women instead of venturing into parenting skills on a sight run by a woman who seriously needs a dictionary. Do you even read Newsweek, Time, etc? Won’t bother you again; read the story, your opines, and thought necessary to give a different view from a well-educated Northeasterner.

HB

May 16th, 2010
12:42 pm

“But you are right, better to buy video games, watch TV and get some Meth.”

Wow! I am well educated and attended both northeastern and southern schools but had no idea those were the only options. 1) Work hard at dance but accept that that means you must dress and move in a way most would deem inappropriate for 8-year-olds or 2) sit in front of a screen all day and do drugs. I had no idea that children couldn’t learn the value of hard work and dedication through more modest dance routines and costumes or other activities. What a fool I was! Thank you so much for clearing that up, lb.

motherjanegoose

May 16th, 2010
2:19 pm

@ lb…just mentioned this to my husband and he brought up a great point…if ( as you say) Stephen Ball is an idiot, how is it that he has been in the dance business all these years and is still enjoying his profession….with people paying him to teach their children. I admire anyone who can make a living with their talent for ( did he say) 40 years. KUDOS Stephen Ball for sharing your passion and your values!

@ HB, I agree…are there not some children who have the option of learning the value of hard work and dedication through maintaining a strong GPA, sports, chores or even a part time job…thanks for your insights…

Warrior Woman

May 17th, 2010
9:52 am

This routine and cosutmes were completely inappropriate and disgusting beyond belief. And those of you supporting it need to have your heads examined.

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Cheryl Savage

May 17th, 2010
2:47 pm

When I was a youger woman, I don’t think I would not have like it, I was more of a prude then.

At 54, with a 4 year old grand daughter who LOVES Beyone, Alicia Kyes, and Katie Perry, takes ballet and tap and can’t wait to start hip-hop: “when I’m six I can take hop-hop, Yia Yia!” I don’t see anything wrong with it. At most, the costumes might have been more glamorous (like Beyonce’s own) and less like something one would expect to see on “men’s clubs” waitresses.

Diane

May 17th, 2010
5:24 pm

Some of you need to watch how you speak. These are CHILDREN. Yes the video is disgusting, but these aren’t soon to be stripers, or Hoochies, or sluts as you say above. They are 7 year old CHILDREN! YOU should be ashamed of yourselves for speaking this way. How would you feel if someone said that about you or your children?

In any case, these CHILDREN don’t get to decide what to wear…their parents, dance teachers do.

If I ever heard any one speak the disgusting words you did about my child or another I’d tell you off.

And Michael, I work in a criminal defence office too…SHAME ON YOU for thinking that this will bring money in to you! You should lose your license! You are a horrible attorney…if that’s what you do.

That said, these children should not be victimised by their parents, dance teachers or predators on this web site calling them horrid and terrible names! You are Horrible and Disgusting, and I hope some day you feel ashamed of speaking like that about children…

Garfield

May 17th, 2010
5:37 pm

What’s next for the little girls? Pole dancing??? Their mothers should be ashamed to let their children perform like tramps!! Stick to tap dance and ballet which is more suitable for 7-10 year olds.

Sarah

May 18th, 2010
1:12 am

What is society coming to nowadays?
In 2010 we have 8-year-olds dancing and wearing things like this, Imagine what would come to us in say, 2030?
And no, it’s not about being ‘cute’ it’s about having a sense of shame.
What the hell are these parents thinking sending their little children out like this?
Back in the 1800’s it was ‘bad’ for women to go around not covering their head, in 1900, it was ‘bad’ for them to wear dresses over their knees, In 2010 it is ‘bad’ for girls to go around naked.
The point is, as time is going by, the value of modesty is decreasing at an astounding rate.
what is to be of our future generations?
To walk around almost stark naked?

Oh wait, we already ARE doing that.

Sarah

May 18th, 2010
1:38 am

@Ib, Your whole argument is based upon opinion, while Stephen and others actually have actual sources that can back them up. And as for “Psychologists are a dime a dozen”, these poeple work hard and went to school, and they have a profession in this area. So what if there are a lot of Psychologists in this world? It’s like saying just because there are too many people of the same profession, they are wrong?

And you are contradicting yourself. First you say that Psychologists give support to many different opinions, and that there are ‘a dime a dozen’ out there, while your whole ARGUMENT is based on your own opinion. And may I point out that the other opinions given by Psychologists is atleast somewhat educated? That atleast they have knowledge on what they are talking about. You, on the other hand don’t seem to be some kind of Psychologist,so naturally, Psychologists have a much, much greater advantage then you, in this field.

Debra J.M. Smith

May 18th, 2010
4:27 am

Most of the critics of these girls have no problem with showing the video, themselves. If they believe that the video is so bad, then why do they further the showing of it?

There was nothing sexual about the performance. People need to stop trashing these children and their parents!

Debra J.M. Smith
Journalist at InformingChristians.com

Tom

May 18th, 2010
1:08 pm

I am always amazed at how we categorize things, that we don’t think kids should do, as adult. If we don’t want kids to do them, this should indicate to anyone that there is something improper about it and if that is the case then why is it ok for adults to do it. I feel that it is disgracdeful and feel very sorry for children who have parents that allow the kids to do things like this video shows.

motherjanegoose

May 18th, 2010
9:56 pm

@ Debra J.M. Smith….perhaps am I missing something? I clicked on your web page ( right now) ;

http://www.debrajmsmith.com/

Isn’t SHEPHERD spelled with 2 e’s? I saw it on the middle right, above the picture and Bible verse. I only noticed it because we like to eat at SHEPHARD’S seafood in Clearwater Beach Florida and we always talk about how this is not the same spelling as in the Bible.

You may want to check into it….

Michael

May 22nd, 2010
12:37 pm

Wow, I watched the video and the girls outfits are cute and not revealing and the are amazing little dancers, to see such passion out of little children is amazing. Unfortunately there are certainly twisted minds out there in the world that would view these young babies are sex objects but I have news for you are children pass by the eyes of perverts everyday no matter how they are dressed. Its an ugly world with ugly people in it. In context this is an awesome performance by some very talented little girls, their costumes are appropriate for the venue. We would never condone this as appropriatie dress anywhere other than a performance venue. God bless them . ashame their awesome talent is being shrouded by twisted minds

steve fitz

May 30th, 2010
9:04 am

All this nonsense talk about two pieces…please copy and paste the following and review the video…. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sk11hLIft5Y&feature=related ……you mean to tell me that this white one piece is any less “SEXY” than a two piece??? Come on people!!! The bottom line is that Beyonce is an “IDOL” and these girls are only trying to be the next big thing. They are duplicating the slutty moves which Beyonce uses in her video. Too bad what they really need are “MODELS” role models that is. We need to ask ourselves how such sexually charged music and dance videos (Beyonce/Spears/ Michael Jackson) are not only rewarded in our society in the form of concert ticket and record sales but how has being more like Beyonce rather than Hillary Clinton become the norm for our children?

I encourage you to check out all the little girls on you tube who are dancing like strippers. I actually think the video you have all been ranting about is pretty mild compared to the one i just shared with you. Then again I also am not afraid to admit that it scares me that this girl looks sexy and even turns me on…reality check folks…most men either openly or privately most likely do too… which is why she should not be dancing like this…. in that outfit… so she can post it on Youtube…. where every day…. men who never looked at kids in a sexual way are being introduced to a new and exciting fetish they never knew they had.

If you ask me….parents who allow their daughters to wear low cut jeans, short booty shorts, skin hugging shirts, high cut bathing suits, and who allow them to post videos like this on Youtube are just as much to blame for the Rampant pedophile problem as the child pornographer that produces and peddles his porn. It’s like giving free crack to someone who really doesn’t want it…. but….. because it is in front of him he takes it. We need women to start being better role models. We need to return to a period of decency where little girls played with their dolls, planned tea parties and dreamed about becoming the first female American President. Because these days it seems little girls only dream about becoming the next female American Idol…who happens to wear slutty clothes and dances like a stripper witout the pole. I realize raising kids is much more complicated than that….but it sure would be a good start!

jon

June 17th, 2010
1:58 pm

i don’t approve of the dancing but saying that they were dressing like her you must not have seen the video she had a 1 piece swimsuit on so how is that they were wearing any where near to what she was wearing.

dC

July 9th, 2010
11:38 pm

Sexy dancing, but it would make the dance dam sexy hot is if you rip eachother’s bikinis off at the end!!!! Just suggesting.:)