The "Put a Ring On It" little kids...

Discussion in 'General Dance Discussion' started by wooh, May 14, 2010.

  1. wooh

    wooh Well-Known Member

    Anyone seen the video of the little girls dancing to Put a Ring On It? They showed the kids talking, and they're adorable! And the dancing is great. But I'm thinking maybe they should have had different costumes? Just a smidge more covered? Maybe a bit less wiggling of their "jiggly parts" that they don't even have yet?

    Of course, I'm a bit prudish when it comes to young girls. I get squicked out when teenage girls are doing rumba with their adult pro. And really really hate when they have too much uncovered with their costumes.
  2. wonderwoman

    wonderwoman Active Member

    lol Yeh I know what you mean about the young girls dancing with older pros. Kinda weird.

    What is cute is all the vids of babies dancing to Single Ladies (same song)... my friends daughter did it, before we even heard of these videos. If she turned off the song, her 8 month old would cry lol
  3. kckc

    kckc Active Member

    I think the costumes are what creeped me out. Otherwise it would be cute instead of creepy. I read somewhere that the girls are only 7??? Are 7 yr-olds really that coordinated?
  4. etp777

    etp777 Active Member

    NOT a fan
  5. sambanada

    sambanada Active Member

    not me either
  6. samina

    samina Well-Known Member

    exactly which vid we talkin' bout?
  7. jennyisdancing

    jennyisdancing Active Member

    Here's a good article from TIME which includes the video.

    I was pretty appalled. These girls are excellent dancers, especially for their age. Double pirouettes and everything! It's not as if they needed a gimmicky number to cover up lack of ability.

    While the song choice was a poor one for little girls, it was the costumes that really creeped me out. Just totally wrong. The number probably wouldn't have been that offensive with age-appropriate costumes.
  8. Peaches

    Peaches Well-Known Member

    Huh. Yeah. I'm not so much of a fan. I can't decide if it's just the costumes that have me a bit skeeved. Perhaps the routine itself would have been fine without the costumes, or the costumes without the routine...but either way, the combination is just kinda disturbing.

    Then again, I have much a similar reaction to little kids dancing latin/rhythm. I realize that it's just technique on some level, and that without building the technique at a young age it becomes more difficult to get it later on. But, still, the combination of knowing the nature of the dances, combined with the costumes and the makeup, combined with the movements...just disturbs me. I know, I know. Let the flaming begin.
  9. jennyisdancing

    jennyisdancing Active Member

    I've seen kids doing latin comps, and I was not bothered. The costumes were fine for children - the girls' outfits were cute and sparkly, not revealing or sexy. And the choreography seemed to be well-chosen to avoid overly sensual steps. Another example is when they've had the kids' competitions on DWTS. I enjoyed watching them, and felt what they were doing was age-appropriate. No doubt, though, there are certain places/events where these guidelines are not being observed.
  10. wooh

    wooh Well-Known Member

    I think latin/rhythm can be done well by kids as long as they're going for sassy rather than sexy. I'm sure there comes a point as teenagers where the "switch" happens, and there'd be disagreement as to the perfect time for that.
  11. wonderwoman

    wonderwoman Active Member

    I wouldn't dress like that let alone allow my daughter to?
  12. etp777

    etp777 Active Member

    ha, i can think of a pro couple where the age difference makes rhythm enough to make me feel a bit squeamish watching them
  13. wooh

    wooh Well-Known Member

    Was he a pro couple with his wife until he started sleeping with his student turned new pro partner?
    (Or am I just jaded by all the sleazy middle aged pro men around her that like to sleep with their students?)
  14. etp777

    etp777 Active Member

    no. though know of that too. and maybe not even same couple, since sadly that isn't a unique occurence. :(
  15. Larinda McRaven

    Larinda McRaven Site Moderator Staff Member

    I dunno. The choreography is pretty much in line with most performing arts choreo that I see. The costumes are very much the same as any other costume that little girls wear for jazz performances, minus the knee high tights. And the song is about a chick that says "I am not that kinda girl" and is promoting abstinence, if you listen to the lyrics.

    I think a lot of people are over-reacting.
  16. TinyDancer109

    TinyDancer109 Well-Known Member

    I dont hear any lyrics promoting abstinence in that song... It's about a woman who is angry at her bf for "dipping" or cheating on her... after she has been waiting for him to propose for 3 yrs... so she has gone out to a club to get over him and now her bf is jealous... the "i'm not that kind of girl" statement is to clarify that she doesn't just want material gift of a ring, but his committment in marriage.. "if u like it then u shoulda put a ring on it" means "if u didnt want me to leave u then u shoulda married me" because now she is free to talk to other guys

    I have been part of/done many many jazz performances my whole life and have never seen young girls' jazz costumes that revealing. and while not the entire choreography is risque, there are def moments when it crosses the line
  17. New in NY

    New in NY New Member

    I agree with the Times journalist. This is parent-sanctioned kiddie porn. Why or why are we sexualizing our little girls? What are we teaching them? CCM, where are you?
  18. flashdance

    flashdance Active Member

    It's morally wrong imo to dress kids up like that.

    As for having them dance to a Beyonce song that should be made a criminal offence anyway.
  19. samina

    samina Well-Known Member

    i'm rather in line with larinda's comments. i've seen tahitian and african little girls dancing their suggestive cultural dances wearing less than these girls.
  20. sambanada

    sambanada Active Member

    With all the violence against children, we should never encourage for children to be seen in that way.

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