Decked out in red midriff-baring tops and hot pants, dancers at a recent competition earned whoops and praise for their skilled moves and obvious talent.There's a GMA video at the link.
But what was an exhilarating performance has turned into an Internet firestorm -- the dancers gyrating on a Los Angeles stage to Beyonce's "All the Single Ladies" were as young as 8.
The girls' parents defended their daughters' performance at the World of Dance, billed as the largest U.S. urban dance competition, saying their daughters' moves and outfits were appropriate for competition.
"This is taken completely out of context," Cory Miller, father of one of the girls, told "Good Morning America" today. "The girls weren't meant to be viewed by millions of people."
It's a little much, and if we had girls I doubt my wife would approve of such a performance for our own children. But Melissa Presch, the dance mother at the clip, has a point that the kids are influenced by their pop culture environment. And a young girls dance concert seems way more natural than a JonBenét Ramsey beauty contest.