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Strong Convections
May 8, 2008

Blood Nightmaster posted:

... They'd choreograph a routine for the kids with the goal of eventually performing it in front of the parents. And I distinctly remember, at the time, they were learning a routine to the song "Lose Control" by Missy Elliott feat. Ciara.

I remember on one hand, feeling weird about the fact everybody was dancing to something that literally opens up with the lyrics "I've got a cute face, chubby waist / thick legs, in shape / Rump shaking both ways / Make you do a double take", especially since we were all girls between the ages of 11 and 13. but on the other hand I honestly, really legitimately wanted to sign up for the activity because it looked like an absolute blast. I never signed up for it in the end but a year later in high school, I took an actual dance class for a PE credit. I loved learning routines, getting all the steps down, it legitimately felt incredibly freeing to participate in. At the end of the term we did a routine loosely based off of this one from So You Think You Can Dance, and our outfits were basically "wear red/black and a lot of makeup".

The dance you did is play-acting a zombie. Getting little girls to play-act a sexually available adult is a totally different kettle of fish.

I spent years in after school dancing. It's very fun, and great exercise for kids. However there's an adult teaching the steps; I would, now as an adult, feel extremely violated by the teacher if my primary aged dancing was overtly sexual.
I ran around unself-consciously in a leotard for dancing, which was fine for practice, but as an adult, I wonder if there weren't a bunch of creeps in the audience for the end of year performance.


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