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Pole Dancing Classes for Girls As Young As 3-Years-Old

Pole Dancing Classes for Girls As Young As 3-Years-Old

Last week I learned that girls as young as 3-years-old worry they are fat. Now I’ve come across a dance studio in London that offers pole dancing classes for girls as young as wait for it 3 years-old.

For just five pounds an hour, parents can sign their little girls up for Little Spinners classes at Make Me Fabulous Studio to learn pole dancing. The instructors say the class “helps youngsters keep fit and boosts their self-esteem.”

While I agree that keeping kids fit and boosting their self-esteem is extremely important, I do not think that pole dancing classes are the appropriate avenue to achieve this goal. How does teaching girls to “hold their legs in a v-shape while sliding down a pole” help their self-esteem?

To be honest, I find this extremely disturbing and proof of the growing sexualization of young girls today. Kidscape, the first charity in the UK established specifically to prevent bullying and child sexual abuse, agrees.

Director Claude Knights says:

Exposing children to pole dancing at such a young age carries a great risk.

The children will innocently enjoy copying the raunchy moves they learn, but be completely unaware of the sexual messages these send out which inevitably can have dangerous results.

It is of course very important for children to take exercise and group activities, but why would you package it as pole dancing, something which has overt sexual connotations?

I could not agree more. The dance moves may seem innocent to young girls, but there is no denying that the message they carry are overtly sexual, and the older the girls get the more clear this message becomes. There are lots of other ways we can promote fitness and confidence among young girls pole dancing should not be one of them.

What do you think?

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9:22AM PDT on Mar 21, 2014

oooookkkkkkk .......

11:30PM PST on Dec 26, 2013

This is Sick !

4:56AM PST on Nov 19, 2013

Yet another money making gimmick if you ask me, read most of the comments below and as a qualified, dance teacher l would not have considered sending my daughter to a class like this, as l don't think it would a) provide a child of three with the physical exercise appropriate to her age group,b) what teaching qualifications would the instructor have , c) obviously the sexual connotations would nit be desirable either, but my main concern is that the instructor may not have any training. My daughter did ballet and jazz,then joined a gym where the aerobics instructess was only interested in teaching the young girls to belly dance on table tops, when l discovered her complete lack of teacher training l withdrew my daughter from her classes.

3:45AM PST on Nov 18, 2013

As a form of art only

5:29PM PST on Nov 17, 2013

Wow! There are So many alternatives for fitness and self esteem.

2:36PM PDT on Oct 12, 2013

Wow, that's sick. If you want your little girls to be fit and confident, sign them up for martial arts classes, swim classes, a team sport, or some form of dance that *doesn't* involve simulating the sex act with a pole. 3-year-olds don't need to know how to gyrate their hips like strippers.

12:04AM PDT on Sep 26, 2013

Even if the child has no idea that her physical gyrations can be construed as sexual, they will be seen that way by pedophiles. I'd NEVER put my child in such danger --even if the pole dancing was simply for the sake of exercise or gymnastics of some sort. There are plenty of ways for little girls to get exercise without exciting pedophiles in the process.

2:51AM PDT on Sep 19, 2013

Now that's just going way beyond acceptable. Any parent who would allow their young daughter to enroll in a class like this should be investigated by CPS! It's no wonder there's an over-sexualization of girls so young. It's BS like this that adds to it.

4:26AM PDT on Sep 1, 2013

I agree with you Emilia!

11:19AM PDT on Aug 30, 2013

I meant it scares me anyone would call this beautiful.

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