The group of young girls decked out in midriffs, short skirts, and black stockings shaking their groove things to Beyonce’s Single Ladies during The World of Dance competition continues to cause a stir. Was it age-inappropriate or was it just dancing?
Commenters all over the web have been voicing their opinions, including here on Famecrawler where we asked yesterday,”‘What would Beyonce say?”
A few people left positive comments commending the girls on their talent like Michelle who said: “It’s an URBAN dance competition. Maybe the choreographer went a bit far, but it’s a dance… nothing else. These girls are obviously pretty professional and dedicated to dance at an early age. They will spend their lives in a dance studio training for competitions, not on a street corner.” I agree. I think these girls rocked it and are beyond talented. I danced and did cheerleading when I was young and it’s a different culture. This type of thing passes without being sexualized. It’s been taken out of context.
Most commenters disagree, feeling that this went way too far and that the children’s parents should have stepped in. Commenter Heather told us: “The whole thing is completely inappropriate, the song, the dance, the costumes, what were those parents thinking?” Danyelle said: “The girls have talent. The song, clothes, and moves were inappropriate for their ages. Why would parents allow them to do this. It is either A – The parents didn’t even pay attention to what their kids were doing or , B – the parents wanted to win so badly they risked their daughters safety. You can’t defend this video. It is inappropriate and disturbing.”
Harsh words. The parents and choreographer have responded to the controversy. Click through to hear what they have to say.
Larry Peters, executive vice president of The Hozman Group and rep for the dance competition, thinks everything has been blown out of proportion. “There has been a great deal of controversy regarding this performance, and it has been taken out of context. It is a little sensitive now, to say the least,” he tells PopEater. “All the dance troupes do so many different dances, it is a very personal choreography and expression for every troupe and individual. These girls were amazing that day… There was NOTHING provocative about what they were doing”
Melissa Presch,the mom of one dancer told Inside Edition: “I’m shocked, quite frankly, that people would suggest such things and say such things about 8 and 9 year old girls.”
Cory Miller, a father of one of the children said: “As a father, when you’re watching your kid, no. You’re looking at it as a proud kid who has really high energy, who doesn’t really know what she’s doing.”
Here’s a video from ABC News in which parents respond to this very web site’s post that the girls look like they are “ready for the boom boom room instead of romper room.” Below it is the dance video in case you missed it.