We were wondering why it was impossible to get a parking space at Far East Plaza and we soon found out why. There was a ballroom dancing competition for kids. It seems cute and all but as I observed closer I couldn’t help feeling it was wrong in some way – in the ‘Toddlers and Tiara’s’ way. Some of the girls were adorable and dancing like children and not adults, but most of them were mimicking adults and it just seemed wrong somehow. Inappropriate. Also the costumes. Seems too much for little kids. I never understand why they can’t let children be children. Why must they be made to mimic adults? I was conflicted as the girls were obviously very talented. But I wondered if their talents could be channelled some other way and without those low cut costumes and high heels? Maybe I’m just too conservative.
There was a little girl among all the rest who seemed appropriately dressed though. She wore flat shoes too and her movements were like a child. I was rooting for her and hoping she would win but in reality I knew they judges would not pick her. Reminded me of that movie with Abigail Breslin – Little Miss Sunshine.
Later as I was having lunch, a heard a little girl of about six, remark to her mother that she wanted to dance exactly like those girls. The mum looked uncomfortable and didn’t know how to reply. She just said “Really?” The dad didn’t say a word either. I could tell they were thinking “No way in heck”.
Everytime I watch Toddlers & Tiaras I get the creeps. It’d be interesting though to find out more what these kids really think about doing this. Or interview someone who used to be one of these kids. Do they grow out of it or grow into adult versions of T&T?
It’s all about their looks…can’t be healthy.
I’m in the process of pulling Elanor out of the Ballet and Music Company’s classes. We went to the annual recital, and there was a class of kids dancing to LMFAO’s “Party Rock”–one girl did the equivalent of a stripper move–running her hand across her chest suggestively and then down toward her crotch. I’ve been to real strip clubs–I know that move, and no 8 year on the planet should do it. That the school thought I was crazy for complaining was reason enough to pull E out of classes there.
Yes that’s what I saw at the recent ballroom dancing thing..so many suggestive moves by the little girls. I guess that’s the routine they were taught but it made me so uncomfortable and I wondered about the sexual predators in the audience.