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Innocent Dance Moves or Totally Inappropriate?

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Dr. Wendy Walsh: A few weeks ago, my 6-year-old daughter participated in a cheerleading competition where the music had some explicit lyrics. Afterward, I sent an e-mail to the organizers saying that 5- to 7-year-old girls shouldn't be dancing to most of the music that is on today's radio. Thank goodness the girls were dressed in traditional cheerleading uniforms and their dance moves were age-appropriate. Anyway, I got no response.

This week, a video circulated on the Internet showing a troupe of 7-year-olds from the "World of Dance" hip-hop competition doing a risqué routine to Beyonce's "Single Ladies." These children wore bra tops, booty shorts and high boots and did a bump-and-grind that was fit for a Vegas strip club. I was appalled. What has the world come to?

Sexualizing children to this degree can only hurt all children everywhere. If this is the new benchmark for dance competitions, what are we teaching our baby girls who are just out of diapers? That their value lies in how well they can tempt and engage in sexual provocation?

And I gotta ask: What are we dangling in the faces of men, whose natural responses to visual cues can so easily be triggered? With suggestive material like this available worldwide, it's no wonder that the proliferation of the child sex-slave trade continues. Clearly, Nancy Grace will always have her job on CNN as the voice for abducted little girls.

Shame on the promoters of this event ... and shame on the parents who allowed their girls to dress this way!

Do YOU think this dance routine was out of line ... or no big deal? Comment below.

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mieoux May 15, 2010, 12:59 AM

The dance moves are inappropriate and overtly sexual - these are moves you will see performed by strippers at bachelor parties and in strip clubs, and the outfits are also inappropriate and overtly sexual - red silk underwear with black fishnet gloves and black stockings with a red bow? Yikes! That’s an outfit an adult woman wears to entertain her boyfriend or husband in private! What’s more important is that such outfits should not even exist in sizes that fit children - who is the pedophile who knew where to buy those outfits?

Regarding men who are triggered - it’s their responsibility to handle their triggers, however, making little girls perform an erotic dance routine is child sex abuse.

GODZILLA1 May 15, 2010, 5:20 AM

Totally inappropriate - but given the sex-oriented society that we live in I am not at all surprised. Their parents sure are doing a great job arent they? (NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

Rita May 15, 2010, 11:22 AM

@mieoux They’re dance costumes. The dance studio buys them out of dance costume catalogs. Take off the armbands, sequins and other bedazzlers and all you have is a boy-shorts bikini. I’ve seen skimpier little girls bikinis at Wal-Mart. I’ve had to search high and low just to find a one-piece for my daughter to wear.

They should have had black tights under the dance shorts and a nude colored fabric around the midsection. That would have made the costume much better.

The little girls don’t know that’s how women move their hips during sex. They were just following a routine. The pelvic grinding and twirling didn’t have to be in there, the choreographer could have put something more age-appropriate in the dance. Other then those things, those girls are phenomenal dancers. They are spending hours after school and on weekends in dance class. If they keep it up, they won’t have time to be sleeping around or doing other things you believe they’re going to do just because they did a few dance moves they didn’t know was inappropriate.

AnonFemale May 15, 2010, 2:58 PM

First of all - that dance routine is amazing, I’m very impressed that a group of seven year olds were able to pull it off. That being said, I can see the problem, and with the mind of a pervert, one could easily interpret that as “kiddie porn.” If the uniforms were more modest, I still think the dance has a “sexual” vibe due to the girls’ dance moves, but it would definitely help.

Kris  May 15, 2010, 2:58 PM

This is NOT age appropriate. I can see competition cheerleaders (early college) doing that, but not 7 year old girls. I wouldn’t even think that teen age cheerleaders would be allowed to do that.

Patty May 15, 2010, 3:01 PM

you are all just making a big deal out of nothing… Dancing has EVOLVED! Maybe the outfits are out of place, I’ll give you that. However, this is being blown out of proportion. Young girls reading this and seeing that their creativity and their dreams are being criticized by parents such as yourselves are the girls who will be hurt. You are hurting them. If you don’t like it, than don’t show expose your daughter to it. But don’t make a big deal about it otherwise.

Dad and Protective Service Worker May 15, 2010, 3:01 PM

As a man:
I find these moves provoctive.

The orginal adult preformers ment them to be provoctive.

As a protective service worker:
Children Molesters show/teach the children this sort of thing to get them “ready”

Anonymous May 15, 2010, 3:01 PM

Unlike majority of the posters here, I am a male. But I am not a father nor plan on being one in the next 5 years or so.
But, to a degree of honesty, this did not seem to overly sexual. There were a few moves in there that were a bit too much, but for the most part, those girls were extremely talented dancers.
The outfits, however, I probably would have added a bit more to there stomachs and lengthened the bottoms a bit more, but besides my one or two issues, these girls did very well and are indeed talented.

Clarissa May 15, 2010, 3:02 PM

The choreography is appalling on it’s own, and the outfits throw it over the top.

I’ll give it to them; that routine was not an easy one to learn. It takes tremendous time, effort, skill, and flexibility to dance that routine. Heck, they dance better than I do, but that choreography is even dirtier than what I expect from a high school dance team. The outfits are not appropriate for any age, really. It’s just absurd.

Staci May 15, 2010, 3:02 PM

I understand this is the dance world we’re talking about and yes these young girls are excellent dancers but if I were doing those moves at that age my mother would have pulled me from that studio immediately. I think they should be older before they do that kind of dancing. It was a good routine I’ll give them that but for older girls in my opinion. I’m a dancer myself and my mother was a little appalled when i did a dance that was similar to this when I was 17, granted my mother is extremely conservative. I would agree these girls should not be shaking their bodies like this at a young age. The costumes don’t bug me though it’s true that’s what you find in every studio.

Josh May 15, 2010, 3:03 PM

This is pathetic. I would kill my daughter if she ever acted like this. It is trashy and degrading. And for people like JD who thinks there is nothing wrong with this, you are the reason the world is crap. You are probably one of those dirty old men you were talking about. This is going to turn our children into whores or sex addicts. I am ashamed of everyone with your point of view.

Anonymouse May 15, 2010, 3:04 PM

First thing I’d like to say, is that the girls in question are VERY talented dancers who have obviously worked hard to realise that routine, and they seemed to be having a lot of fun performing it.

However, the sexualisation of minors is a ridiculous, yet pervasive part of western society. We seem to have a need to make young children (girls in particular) into adults long before they’re finished with being happy innocent children.

(Parent of an 11 year old who I wouldn’t let dress like that even now)

BornTooLate May 15, 2010, 3:04 PM

Call me old fashioned but this is absolutely appalling. I can’t believe that parents allow their teenage daughters to wear 90% of the stuff in stores today. It’s horrible and this video? It should be considered child porn and taken off the net. Who ever came up with that routine and those costumes should be arrested for child pornography as well. This is absolutely, just…I don’t even have words to describe how disgusted this makes me. I should have been born in the thirties in stead of the 80’s so I could be enjoying my married life in the fifties when people still had respect for themselves and others.

annon May 15, 2010, 3:07 PM

WOW! 100% age inappropriate! These little girls look like strippers! The dance moves were inappropriate, as well as the outfits, little girls should never be exposed like this! Their parents should be ashamed to exploit children this way! I cant believe this entertainment! I am 20 years old and wouldnt be caught dead in this outfit. I am apaled that this is the “norm” kind of behavior society expects from children. I feel very bad for these children who are typecast as show girls! They are now expected to act and behave a certain way to please the ‘audience’. Really this is like child slavery. A slavery to the entertainment and porn industry. Shame on the parents, and broadcasters.

Pepperlilly May 15, 2010, 3:08 PM

ok I think that this is very inappropreate for girls of this age to dace that way, but if they were older would this be a issue? U think they will have a great careere in daceing but at their age? no.

Katt May 15, 2010, 3:08 PM

ok so my first thing to say is unfortuntly i would have to say i dont approve of little girls dancing like this. also, dancing is an art, and these girls have massive talent that i am incrediably jelous about. i would love to learn this and be that good. i condsidered myself a pro until i saw this and no i am wondering.

Anonymous May 15, 2010, 3:10 PM is so inappropriate. Little girls should NOT be dancing or dressing like this AT ALL. Whoever did the choreography and costume is out of their mind!

karen May 15, 2010, 3:10 PM

I am not easily shocked, but i couldn’t watch more than 30 seconds of this…who allowed their daughter to take part? I suppose the comment below is right, the song, and dance routine wasn’t what did it - it was the outfits with the other two combined. A perverts dream :-( Should be taken off the internet completely.

Anonymous May 15, 2010, 3:10 PM

Just a quick note. A glance over these comments run largely along the phrase “Allowed them to..” as if it was a six year old’s idea to do this. Now, if it was? More power to the kid, gods honest opinion.

But really. What are the odds that a kid on THAT sort of show was anything other than extensively coached, trained, and essentially made to perform?

Chibi May 15, 2010, 3:13 PM

What you really have to understand is the fact that little girls that age really do know a whole lot more than one would think. No matter how sheltered they are, or weather or not they do this kind of thing. In those little girls minds they aren’t doing anything sexual or wrong they are only showing off their talents [and boy do they have talent] and attempting to win a competition. It is only the dirty minds like your own that turns it perverted. If you ask me they should allow the little girls to do it as much as they want and prohibit the “big-girls” who are deliberately trying to use their sex appeal to win a competition and impress the crowd. That is where the issue is. Because that is when boys and girl are looking to get laid. Not when they’re five. As for dirty old men. They will always be around. No matter what. It’s mainly family members in fact. This doesn’t help or hinder that. So no. It really is no big deal.

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