Facilitate change at your local level. Educate and inform dance studios to stop adult, sexual choreography, lyrics and costumes for children under 12.
The sexualization of our children through dance, lyrics and costuming is a real concern. Some dance studios seem to be oblivious to the problem and continue to create choreography, lyrics, and costuming that exploits and portrays young girls(and sometimes boys) as sex objects. Through our petition, we are building great momentum at the national level. But there is much to be done at the local level as well. Use the documents in this toolkit to start a petition in your own community and send a message that the sexualization of our children through adult choreography, lyrics, and costuming must end.
Read these articles to become informed about the topic. Share with friends, parents and dance studio owners.
- Use our free presentations to educate yourself and others
- Why We Need To Bring Awareness To And Educate Dance Studios – Written by petition creator Mary Bawden
- The sexualization of children and adolescents epidemic
- Recital Revelations: When it Comes to the Over-Sexualization of Young Girls, We Are the Problem
Here are two sample videos highlighting choreography and costumes that sexualize our children and demonstrate why education and awareness around this issue is critically needed. We all need to reflect on the following question: Does this video and others like it demonstrate a healthy view of both the art of dance AND what is good for young children? The answer is no.
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Collect signatures for a local dance petition and talk with studios!
Start a petition in your own community. Bring age-appropriate choreography, lyrics, and costuming to center stage at your local level.
Encourage and educate dance studio owners to be certified by YPAD. Studio certification will provide age appropriate standards for safety in children’s dance.
- Youth Protection Advocates in Dance
- Youth Protection Advocates in Dance: Individual Membership
- Youth Protection Advocates in Dance: Youth Studio Certification
Like Soul to Sole Choreography on Facebook to stay up-to-date on petition milestones.
- Report of the APA Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls
- Good Morning America story on the Sexualization of Children through Dance
National Supporting Organizations
ECPAT-USA is the leading policy organization fighting the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC).
The National Center on Sexual Exploitation is the leading organization opposing obscenity and indecency through public education and the application of the law.
Youth Protection Advocates in Dance – Building Empowered Dance Communities Through Education and Activism.