What happened to frilly tutu’s and tap shoes? When I was in dance classes, it was a big deal when I was allowed to wear a little blush and lipstick to my recital. Not anymore.
The TV Show, ‘Dance Moms’, which airs on Lifetime and has an outrageous-over-the-top instructor, had its’ contestants perform in nude bathing suits and perform a burlesque dance. The costumes consisted of a shirt that made it appear as if the girl had no clothing on top and bathing suit bottoms. They were instructed to “act like men can’t afford them” while dancing in a sexually suggestive manner. Some of the girls were as young as 8.
Before we move on, let’s review the definition of burlesque: “an artistic composition, especially literary or dramatic, that, for the sake of laughter, vulgarizes lofty material or treats ordinary material with mock dignity; striptease acts, and a scantily clad female chorus”.
I have a hard time believing that most parents, regardless of the age of their child, would be proud or would encourage burlesque dancing for a female. (Hold your breath, here comes a bit of feminism…)Burlesque is objectifies, demoralizes and lacks class. Now apply those concepts to children!! It’s true that the parents in these cases are just as guilty as the teacher. But no parent stormed out and Lifetime-a network that is dedicated to empowering women- thought it was okay to film and air.
And they wonder why CHILDREN are becoming sexually promiscuous, demanding birth control for free and are upset when they are called ‘sluts’. Our society is a mess.
“Children are great imitators. So give them something great to imitate. ~Anonymous
**I chose not to post pictures or a video. Even with “nude-colored tops” and bathing suit bottoms, it is exploitation. There are some sick people out there and this is just breeding that kind of behavior. If you need proof that this took place, it’s all over Google.