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Grammar School Single Ladies Cause Uproar

Grammar School Single Ladies Cause Uproar


Airdate: 05/13/2010

In a provocative performance to Beyoncé's "Single Ladies," the audience goes wild as the little girls wiggle and shake in perfect sync while wearing lingerie-like costumes. What's making this controversial is that they're just 8 and 9 years old.

There's no doubt that the second and third graders are talented. But are their moves also inappropriate?

The internet is blowing up with fiery comments about the dance. "Even Beyoncé and her back-up dancers were more covered up than this!" writes an Entertainment Weekly columnist.

While one blogger writes, "Were there no adults around to tell them to do something suitable? Yikes."

Melissa Presch is the mom of one little dancer. She and Cory Miller, the father of another child spoke to INSIDE EDITION about the national uproar.

"I'm shocked, quite frankly, that people would suggest such things and say such things about 8 and 9 year old girls," said Melissa Presch.

INSIDE EDITION's Jim Moret asked Miller, "Is there anything in these movements to you, that is overly sexualized?"

"As a father, when you're watching your kid, no. You're looking at it as a proud kid who has really high energy, who doesn't really know what she's doing," he said.

The girls were invited to perform in a dance exhibition called "World of Dance" in Pomona, California. Someone posted the video of their performance on YouTube and suddenly the grammer schoolers and their parents found themselves under siege.

"People are taking it out of context, in that, these are dance moves, not sexual moves," said Presch.

The parents say, the girls were actually inspired by a scene in Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakuel."

"Our girls don't watch music videos. They haven't seen the Beyoncé video. What they have seen is the Chipettes do it in the Alvin and the Chipmunks movie," said Presch.

The parents also shared a video with INSIDE EDITION of the girls dancing in a less provacative routine. 

Moret asked Presch what she would want to say to the critics. "These are amazing little girls. They work very hard at what they do. They're very passionate about dance," Presch said.


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