If your girls are involved in dance, this is the season for end-of-year recitals.
Competitive dance tryouts are also days away at many schools.
While some dance schools allow their pre-teen dancers to dress more modestly (shorts, t-shirts and headbands), there are a number of pictures on social media that leave me a little bewildered.
Parents are posting photos of their girls wearing skimpy shorts and crop tops that show their daughters’ bellies. They even have full make up and fake eyelashes.
I don’t have girls, so perhaps I’m not the one to offer commentary on the subject. Yet I still can’t help feel a little unsettled about the trend.
I get that this is just what dancers wear. It’s part of their costume and no dance school wants to stand out by being the only one to dress their dancers modestly when everyone other girl is wearing makeup and a flashy dance outfit.
I wonder how girls feel about this. What if they don’t have a perfect dancer’s body? Will this discourage them from competing? Will some drop out because they don’t feel comfortable dancing with so much bare skin showing? And as parents, are we not sexualizing girls from a young age by allowing them to wear skimpy outfits. I wouldn’t feel comfortable dancing in front of an audience with my butt hanging out of my shorts. Why is ok that our daughters must?
As dance season draws to an end, I can’t help but wonder what other parents think of the trend.