“I watched with open-mouthed amazement as girls as young as seven were encouraged to dress provocatively and shimmy around a stage doing a dance performance that could just as easily been a burlesque routine,” Katherine wrote on her iVillage blog.
“I kept thinking all these girls were missing is a pole,” she continued. “I was also horrified by the way their instructor spoke to them when she felt they weren’t up to snuff. It was demeaning, belittling and downright unkind.”
The “instructor” is the confrontational and controversial Abby Lee Miller. “There is no reason to break anyone down in order to prepare them for inevitable disappointment or unkindness,” Katherine added. “There is no reason to diminish anyone’s self-esteerm in order to get them to try harder next time. Especially not a child’s.”
Katherine worries about the effect on young girls, especially Naleigh, her 3-year-old daughter with hubby Josh Kelley.
“It terrifies me, the amount of value we place on a woman’s looks, body and ability to drop it like it’s hot on the dance floor,” the concerned mom wrote. “It’s one thing to walk into a club and see twenty-somethings embracing their sexuality and having some fun, but it’s another thing altogether watching 7-year-olds shake their booties, bellies and nonexistent boobies on stage in a room full of adults and be handed a trophy for it. What in the world are we telling them? That sexy is the prize and is the talent they have?”
What do you think of Abby Lee Miller and her dance moms?