They’re calling them little Beyonces. Their video has become a viral sensation. Â They are a small dance troupe called Precision Dance out of Orange County, California, whose video of their “Singles Ladies” dance routine at a World of Dance competition is burning up the internet and causing controversy. Â Some think the girls’ “Single Ladies” dance is too provocative. Â Some think they are dressed inappropriately. Â And some think it’s a bit of both. Â Why? Â Because the dance troupe is made up of little girls — 8- and 9-year-old little girls.
But what about all those cheering and applauding in the audience in the video. Â Was it a “you had to be there” moment? Â Or are we seeing a quick reaction, much like the one an individual might experience after seeing an 8-year-old beauty contestant in make-up and dressed as a young woman?
Two parents of two of the little girls in Precision Dance that are highlighted in the “Single Ladies” dance video see absolutely nothing wrong with the video. Â ”I’m shocked,Â quite frankly,” Emma Presch told Inside Edition, “that people would suggest such things and say such things about 8 and 9 year old girls.” Â She notes also that the girls didn’t get their dance moves from watching Beyonce’s video of “Single Ladies.” Â They got their moves from watching the females chipmunks in the movie “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakuel.”
“As a father,” Cory Miller said, “when you’re watching your kid, no. You’re looking at it as a proud kid who has really high energy, who doesn’t really know what she’s doing.”
Larry Peters, a representative for the dance competition,Â told Popeater that he did not believe there was anything inappropriate about the dancing or the way the children were dressed. Â ”It was the very first WOD (World of Dance) event I had ever attended,” he said, “and I can tell you the cheering and screaming you heard on the video was from other parents and dance teams that were just blown away by their dance performance and precision. There was NOTHING provocative about what they were doing.”
But if that is so, why are so many finding the video so scandalous?
Perhaps they are placing their grown-up mentality onto the little girls’ performance, judging their costumes and movements through eyes experienced in more adult-oriented entertainment, placing sexual values and insecurities onto a performance that is simply a dance routine to a popular song.
Taken objectively, the video depicts a group of little girls executing a well-rehearsed dance routine to Beyonce’s “Single Ladies.” Â Nothing more. Â They are just trying to win the World of Dance competition. If they all were aged 16 or 24 or 36, no doubt it would be the skill of their performance that would be getting all the focus, with little attention paid to the so-called “provocative” moves (to whom? They’re little girls) and the skimpy outfits (they wear less at the neighborhood pool).
In the end, they’re just little girls dancing…
Embedding has been disabled, but the video of Precision Dance performing Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” can be found on YouTube. Â Appropriate or no?