I had posted this blog Sunday and took it down soon after.
My father advised me against posting it. He said,
“What’s this doing on a sewing blog?”
He thought I might offend some readers who have their daughters in dance.
After receiving a letter from a reader who was disappointed that I removed it, I thought,
“Well, it is my blog and I am allowed to post my personal opinions that don’t have to do with sewing or crafts once in awhile , right?”
It’s not like I’m getting paid to do this.
Plus, I’m not putting down dance at all, it is a viable and beautiful art form.
Just some of the people who profit off of those eager students and parents.
I am new to the dance mom world.
After enjoying this form of dance she now wants to study ballet. I think that will be a good balance. Some classical dancing, and some fun, show off dancing.
The sad thing is since we live basically in the middle of nowhere, we don’t have any other schools to choose from that aren’t over a half an hour away.
Most likely the school is getting a good percentage on the sale of the costumes.
I make costumes for the theatre. The budget is small so we try to reuse costumes often by altering or reworking.
Some of these costumes from the dance school are beautiful but they only get to see two minutes of performance time before they are retired indefinitely.
Not only do you have to buy costumes for the show but you have to pay fifteen dollars a head to see your child perform.
And you can’t film your child during the performance. You have to buy a 35 dollar DVD! There are also flowers and photos to be bought via the studio. I have to spend thirty five dollars so I can fast forward the entire DVD just to get to the two minutes my child is dancing? Hmph!!!!
But I wasn’t going to miss her performance for the world, so during the intermission we snuck into the auditorium through the exit doors which were very crowded with people walking out. We walked in seperately to avoid notice and since some people had left during the intermission, we sat ourselves down in great seats to watch the second half of the show.
I was prepared to pay if we were questioned but we were lucky. There were guards everywhere at the performing arts center, but the one at our door must have taken a bathroom break at the intermission.
Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
Yes, you may think that antisocial behavior, but the punk rocker still lives in this almost middle aged lady.
It was like an audition for a Vegas showgirl act!
I can assure you, it was NOT appropriate for 10 year olds.
In defense of the school there were many numbers that were very well danced and not inappropriate at all.
But those previous ones mentioned ruined the performance for me.
Of course, almost anything gets me to thinking about sewing….
But by showing shows like this on TV our culture is condoning the sexualization of our girls.
How would we feel if there was a show about 8 year old boys lifting weights to try to be the hottest dudes around?
It would never even make it on air.