I know, everyone’s talking about it. It’s all over the internet, facebook, youtube, and national TV. I’ve counted over 25 other “Mom Blogs” that have covered these pint size dancers. I guess it’s my turn to chime in.
This is a hard one for me, especially considering I’m stressing over the whole “Generation Diva” issue. If you haven’t read that post, make sure you do.
So I’m going to give you my personal take on this. I’m sure not all the ladies who write for Rock On Mommies feel the same way.
I started dancing at the age of 7. I performed on stage for the first time at the age of 8 and didn’t stop until I got pregnant with my daughter 4 years ago. I started in dance recitals, school dance concerts and moved on to cheer for an NFL team. I’ve danced on Go Go boxes, I’ve danced for professional bands, and I’ve even danced in a burlesque show. Everything inside of me screams for me perform, to dance!
I tear up watching this video every time, but not because I’m feel bad for these little girls or because I’m angry at their parents, but because of the amount of talent coming out of those little 7 and 8 year olds! Not only do these girls ooze talent, but they’re loving every moment of that dance! The last thing these girls are thinking about are the lyrics to the song.
Let’s keep something in mind. This was for a Dance competition. The only people generally at a competition are other dancers, their parents, dance instructors, and the judges. This dance was never meant for us to even see. I’m not sure who originally put it on YouTube, but I’m sure they’re probably kicking themselves now.
How many of us have caught our little kids singing a song that’s probably not appropriate? My daughter sings Single Ladies, I kissed a Girl, and Lady Gaga all the time. Hello, Disco Stick? WOW!
How many of us taught our toddlers to do the “booty” shake and when they finally learned how we clapped, we video taped and then we encourage them to do it again and again for anyone who’d pay attention.
How many have put our little girls in cute little bikinis? Just yesterday, on Leslie Gail’s MomTV Show Life Simplified, we were talking about bikinis on little girls and what ages do bikinis become inappropriate. Those of you who have been to a dance recital, you know that there are always a number of 2 piece costumes.
I’m not dismissing that there are perverts who are watching this. I’m no dismissing that it’s probably not appropriate for 7 year olds to shimmy there non exciting boobies. Oh and the little girl who bends over with her bottom in the air, eek. With that said, I love watching this video. I’ve probably watched it 10 times! I’m addicted! They’re amazing!
One quick last thing… Let’s not forget The Chipettes “performed” Single Ladies in the latest Alvin and the Chipmunks.