At the risk of sounding like a prude, I decided to write this after watching the Mardi Gras Dance Teams in tonight’s Metairie parades.
Clarification: This post is about dance teams marching in the Metairie parades, not the dance troupes that were pictured in the NOLA.com article. We have no control over the images they used nor were we contacted about the article. We are sorry if the images used offended any of the dance troupes, many of whom are more covered and more family friendly than the dance teams in question.
Dear Dance Teams,
I have a seven year old. She loves dance. She wants to be a dancer some day. She’s been wanting to be you since she could walk. As as soon as she was old enough we signed up for dance and picked a school with a dance team. She loves dancing in parades at seven.
She’s watching you! I’m watching you.
As much as I love her team and studio, you never know what the future holds. Tonight, as I was watching you dance, I was mentally making a list of which teams I would allow her to be a part of. My list is short. Very very short. There is one yes (the team she is currently on) and one or two maybes. This is sad. I asked my friends. They are all in agreement there were one or two teams they would allow their daughters on, our current team being one of them.
We need to talk about this because it’s getting worse each parade season.
- Uniforms: No one needs to see your boobs or your butt to know you can dance. Some of these uniforms look like they belong on Bourbon Street or in a show in Las Vegas and not on a street in Metairie. I am honestly afraid a few of you are going to have wardrobe malfunctions and it’s all just going to fall out. is this what you would want your daughter wearing?
- Song Choice: Look if your telling me to back that a$$ up, or there is a curse word every other word, talking about toys at the strip club or for instance there was a song tonight talking in detail about sex and rubbers, we have issues. These songs aren’t right for a family environment. I really don’t want to explain to my seven year old what a rubber is, ok?
- Dance moves: If you are doing it in the club, you shouldn’t be doing it in the street. The dropping low, the whole popping and twerking thing. Y’all please stop. One, it just looks bad. It really does. You don’t have to sex it up to dance. Two, this is a family event. My kids don’t need to see you bent over shaking your butt. And honestly I start to wonder if you can really dance if that’s all you are doing.
Here’s the thing. There are other little girls just like my seven year old. They are watching you. They are looking up to you. Be the dance team they can be proud to join! Be the dance team moms like myself would spend hundreds of dollars on each year. These little girls are counting on you!
A Concerned Dance Mom
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