Can I encourage you to join the conversation about DA:NCE? We continue to work hard to educate the public about the damaging effects of hypersexualized children’s dance. I am so appreciative of your support of our work and the energy you bring to this important issue.
I wanted to let you know we recently released a new video called ‘Coffee and Conversation’ that you may find motivating to share. It is a short and sweet 45-second teaser inviting adults to join the conversation around the hypersexualization of children in dance. We need to get this message in front of as many people as possible in order to educate and raise awareness around this issue. Can you help us share it?
Copy and paste this YouTube link: https://youtu.be/wYDEHM1TJ-8
If it will save you time, we’ve pulled together a couple of sample social media posts you can quickly copy and paste and use immediately. Or feel free to craft your own post or email message and share. Bottom line: We want to get this message in front of as many people as possible and we’d appreciate your help in sharing it.
Facebook sample post:
In children’s dance classes around the nation, young children are learning to dance with choreography that hypersexualizes them and their bodies. DA:NCE is on a mission to stop this trend! Will you join the conversation? https://youtu.be/wYDEHM1TJ-8
Twitter sample post:
Join the conversation and stop the hypersexualization of children in dance! https://youtu.be/wYDEHM1TJ-8 #dance #healthydance @Soul2Sole_DANCE
Children need our leadership to engage others with the “Coffee and Conversation’ .50 teaser to bring awareness and education to situations like the one described below. I happened to read this online article by Bart Stinson this past month:
“I went to an out-of-state sporting event recently and was surprised to see that a youth dance troupe from my city, just a couple of blocks from our house, preceded us there. The boys drummed, and the girls danced. At halftime, they marched from the lobby onto the basketball court. They had remarkable stage presence. They knew how to hold an audience’s attention, starting with the throbbing, thunderous pulse of the drums. The girls strode in with eye contact from heads held high, a procession rather than a mere entrance. Then, at center court, the dancing began. It was quite skillful, even acrobatic. An adult man crouched at courtside holding up fingers and gesticulating to direct the girls. They appeared to range from six or seven years of age to mid-teens. As the pace quickened and the percussion loudened, the girls’ dancing changed. By the time the drumming climaxed, their dance was vulgar and salacious.”
To read the full article click here.
The hypersexualization of children in dance using adult costumes, choreography and music is not a theory. Like a cultural tidal wave, it has immersed our country and is affecting children everyday.