Earlier this week, a YouTube video surfaced from The World of Dance competition in which a group of young — and we mean really young — girls wearing midriff-baring tops, short skirts and black stockings dance to Beyonce’s ‘Single Ladies.’
The dance troupe, called Precision Dance, hails from Orange County, and definitely “put a ring on it” during the competition in Pomona on April 10.
Larry Peters, executive vice president of The Hozman Group and rep for the dance competition, says the controversy was 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.
“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. They were two minutes of an eight hour performance event.”
Melissa Presch, the mom of one little dancer and Cory Miller, the father of another child in the group spoke to Inside Edition about the controversy. “I’m shocked, quite frankly, that people would suggest such things and say such things about 8 and 9 year old girls,” said Melissa Presch claiming the girls got their moves from the ‘Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel’ movie — not Beyonce’s music video.
Miller added, “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.”
Peters was in the audience during the group’s performance and admits,
“It was the very first WOD event I had ever attended, and I can tell you the cheering and screaming you heard on the video was from other parents and dance teams that were just blown away by their dance performance and precision. There was NOTHING provocative about what they were doing.”
The World of Dance Tour is the largest national urban and street dance competition, and in 2010 is taking place in nine major markets throughout the U.S. Top dance troupes partake in competition, which focuses on the art of street dancing and today’s new age choreography — embracing urban dance and youth lifestyle.
The video brought mixed reactions from media outlets across the Internet. The Huffington Post writes, “Age appropriate or not, there is denying it’s one heck of a performance.”
EW writes, “Miley, you’ve got nuthin’ on these girls … But if little girls must gyrate on stage, is it absolutely essential they wear midriff tops? Even Beyonce and her back-up dancers were more covered up than this!”
If in doubt, watch the end of the performance again… it is NOT appropriate!
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