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Old 05-13-2010, 08:10 PM   #46
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Old 05-14-2010, 09:47 AM   #47
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They couldn't wear a dancing leotard with tights or legging style pants with a top and still show "body lines" and movement and technical skills? Come on.


Little Girl 'Single Ladies' Dance Sparks Controversy on Internet - ABC News

The girls' parents defended their daughters' performance at the World of Dance, billed as the largest U.S. urban dance competition, saying their daughters' moves and outfits were appropriate for competition.

"This is taken completely out of context," Cory Miller, father of one of the girls, told "Good Morning America" today. "The girls weren't meant to be viewed by millions of people."

Melissa Presch, a mother of one of the 8-year-old dancers, said, "We're very proud of our daughters and their accomplishments."

Presch said her daughter has never seen Beyonce's video, only the cartoon performance in the recently released children's movie "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel."

"It's one of the most popular songs probably of the decade, said Presch . "The costumes are designed for movement, unrestricted movement and to show body lines."

Presch also defended the girl's costumes, saying that judges need to be able to see the girl's movement and technical skills.

Parents of children not involved in the performance, however, questioned why the dancers' parents allowed them to dance suggestively in outfits that can only be described as skimpy.

"As a new father, I definitely would not allow my daughter to be in a situation like that," Rob Lotterman said.

"It probably doesn't matter if they were wearing sweat pants or bikinis," mother Ariane Gold said. "The grinding wasn't appropriate."
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Old 05-14-2010, 09:55 AM   #48
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I think those kids probably worked real hard, the dance itself is quite impressive for 7 year olds, and it's being blown out of proportion.
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Old 05-14-2010, 09:58 AM   #49
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The dance is impressive, but the outfits and the grinding and the impression that is created... If I had a 7 year old daughter-no way. She could dance and work hard and still be age appropriate.

I read recently about bikinis being sold for girls that age with PADDED tops. I thought it had to be a joke but it wasn't.
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Old 05-14-2010, 10:08 AM   #50
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I don't think the dance or outfits are that bad.
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Old 05-14-2010, 10:10 AM   #51
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Then what would be bad?
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Old 05-14-2010, 10:13 AM   #52
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Bikinis, G-strings, stripper outifts and routines? I dunno. I'm just saying that what they do in the video, if I was at that recital, I would more impressed than anything else. Probably wouldn't even think twice about the outfits or the "grinding".
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Old 05-14-2010, 10:52 AM   #53
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They may as well be bikinis, they don't cover up much more than a bikini does. They're certainly midriff baring. Burlesque has already been mentioned-that's what they look like to me. A little like Pussycat Dolls for kids and like all that's missing is a whip
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Old 05-14-2010, 11:21 AM   #54
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A. the little girls put a lot of hard work and talent into doing that dance, and that is AWESOME.

B. Beyonce and her dancers were move covered up than these little girls.

C. It still skeeves me out.
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Old 05-14-2010, 11:23 AM   #55
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Still skeeves me out too

I don't want to beat up on 7 year old girls or their parents..but yeah, it does
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Old 05-14-2010, 11:27 AM   #56
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It doesn't necessarily bother me that they're wearing skimpy things, and it doesn't necessarily bother me that they're doing "sexy" dance moves. The two of them together bothers me.

I mean, some adult or adults picked out lingerie-looking costumes and taught them to dance sexy while wearing them, and thought that was a good idea.

Little girls want to dance in fun, sparkly outfits. Great! But why does it have to look like lingerie?

Arrrrrrgh.

Or, rather:

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Old 05-14-2010, 11:40 AM   #57
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Yes it's the overall impression and the combination and the adult branding of it

They may have only seen Alvin and the Chipmunks, but that don't look like no chipmunk dance
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Isn't it ironic that parents are so aware of pedophiles these days and say they would do anything to stop sex offenders from going anywhere near their children, but more and more parents allow their children, particularly their daughters, to be more sexualized?
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What makes it inappropriate? The dancing? The fact that it's a Beyonce song? The outfits? What about little kids in leotards? YouTube - Nica Hults TOPs Testing 11 year old

Just curious b/c the same issues come up with gymnastics, where you have to wear leotards for safety and mobility but some kids and parents do go over the top with the make-up and getting little girls all dolled up.
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For me, it's the combination of outfits and the dancing. The combo reads to me like a concerted effort is being made to be sexy.

No, I don't think tight outfits or leotards alone read the same way to me.
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