So... picture something similar to this, but with 6-10 year old girls wearing special-ordered versions of this inflatable costume and dancing to....
BIG GIRLS DON'T CRY
I'll give you a moment and let that sink in folks...
There were probably 12-15 little girls in this dance number. Which means that their dance teacher, AND all of their parents signed off on these costumes AND the theme of the routine. Almost 24 hours later, and I'm still gobsmacked. In bad taste on so many levels. Thank God the judges gave it the lowest mark of the morning - if they hadn't, I would have had to stand up and incite a riot.
In Dance of the Sugar Plum Sluts, I voiced my concern about 15 year old girls wearing fishnet seamed stockings as part of their costume. Imagine if you will, 10 year old girls wearing fishnet seamed stockings... shaking their asses for the audience... to the applause of their parents, 'cause that's what happened yesterday morning.
I recently was in a show where I wore seamed fishnet stockings. TO BE SEXY ONSTAGE. I had several men tell me that they were giving me a standing ovation, while still sitting. Men and women alike become aroused by the appearance of seamed stockings. You know why? Because seamed stockings basically draw the eye right up to a gal's ass - which, when you want someone to be salivating at the sight of your ass and imagining what it would be like to become intimate with it, is great, but when the wearer of the seamed stocking doesn't even have pubic hair yet - should cause horror.
I'm not saying that all these dancers should be going the Shirley Temple route - not that their parents would know Shirley Temple if they fell over her, but a little less Tits & Ass would be awesome. I was thrilled when one of the judges gave a special award to a number and specifically mentioned 'age-appropriate' choreography. More than a handful of routines over the weekend had choreography that was not age-appropriate. There was a group of competitive 16 year olds dancing to Fever who were so freaking hot they had me wanting to have sex with them. All these kids are under 18. Can we please agree that no audience member should want to have sex with any of them?