Dear Dance Teachers: Please Stop Sexualizing Your Students

Dance Teachers,

We need to talk. You have got to stop sending children out to dance in public in their underwear. Maybe you’ve added some rhinestones to that underwear or maybe you’ve strategically placed a piece of chiffon somewhere but come on…underwear is underwear and we all know it.

And Dance Parents, you shouldn’t allow your children to do this, even if your Dance Teacher thinks its okay.

I go to dance recitals and competitions and feel like I’m in “The Emperor’s New Clothes.” Surely I’m not the only adult among the hundreds in attendance who thinks it’s inappropriate to send kids on stage to dance in their knickers. Am I?

Debra Jenkins
Debra Jenkins
Debra Jenkins, and is a married mother of two grown children and a lifelong resident of Alabama. She runs The Johnny Stallings Arts Program (JSAP), a year-round program of comprehensive arts education, a day habilitation program for adults with special needs, and a summer camp. Today, JSAP is serving over 400 people with special needs and nearly 200 volunteers in her hometown of Huntsville. You can find Debra blogging about this journey and the amazing people she has met on it at Dreaming With Your Feet.

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