By DAISY DUMAS
We have to do what? The Dance Moms contestants are clearly shocked by what has been asked of them
Lifetime's Dance Moms has hit new lows by asking its child contestants - the youngest of whom is just eight-years-old - to dress in bikinis and perform a burlesque routine on stage.
The unease is palpable - a parent is heard loudly commenting: 'So much for being conservative'.
Christi's eyebrows adopt a default position halfway up her forehead. 'Those are crazy looking' she says, under her breath, as she watches the girls trying on their revealing ensembles.
Ms Miller, who has never been a professional dancer but has been teaching choreography since she was just 14, talks her young charges though the famously tittivating routine, instructing them to 'hide' behind then 'look' from the modesty of their hot pink fans.
Uncomfortable: The girls look worried at the thought of appearing naked on stage with only pink feathers to protect their modesty
Anxious: The indomitable Dance Moms are not happy with the idea of seeing their girls dance suggestively an in a state of apparent undress
Too young: Eight-year-old Mackenzie, wearing red, inspects her tiny tan bikini and turns to her mother and asks: 'How is this gonna fit me?'
It's not just the routine that is inappropriate. Even the girls see that their skimpy outfits are uncomfortably revealing.
'How's this going to fit me?' says Mackenzie. 'I can fit this on my American doll.'
The fierce dance madam apparently sees no insensitivity on the misguided outfit choice, explaining that 'you give the allusion that you're nude underneath the fans... we all know you're wearing tan bras and tan pants.' The fans, she says, are for covering the body.
Not happy: Mackenzie says of her nude bikini top 'I can fit this on my American doll' and seems distressed by the idea of wearing it in public
'Everyone in in the industry knows the girls are completely covered and everything is harmless... These mothers need to stop questioning me. What I do works.'
Yet, despite the initial shock reactions and obvious anxiety caused by the inappropriate idea, the mothers do not successfully intervene.
I know what works: Fierce dance teacher Abby Lee Miller is determined the routine and outfits are above-board despite parents' unease
Wrong? Ms Miller, who has never been a professional dancer, is seen instructing the girls to act like 'I'm hot, I'm mean, you can't have me, you can't afford me'
Friday, March 9, 2012
Dance Moms hits a new low: Girls as young as EIGHT wear bikinis and dance burlesque routines in front of their mothers
By DAISY DUMAS