Girls as young as three are being taught pole dancing, it has been revealed. Make Me Fabulous dance studio’s website says of its Little Spinners pole dance classes: “Yes! We’re doing it for the kids!”
But child protection group Kidscape yesterday labelled the classes “deeply disturbing”. Kidscape director Claude Knights warned they were another indication of the growing sexualisation of children, saying:
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. We need to allow children to be children. The people who started these classes and the parents who take their kids to them need to ask themselves hard questions.
The instructor, Carly Wilford insists that it helps youngsters keep fit and boosts their self-esteem.
Around eight girls attend the classes held weekly at the Make Me Fabulous dance studio in Northampton. The room is decorated with pink feather boas and sparkling mirrors. The classes are advertised on the studio’s website, which also promotes adult lessons, features pictures of lingerie-clad women and describes pole dancing as “sexy, relaxing and invigorating”.
The children, who can start at three, learn seductive moves including holding their legs in a V-shape while sliding down a pole. One mother, who took her three and five-year-old daughters to the classes, said that her girls loved it.
“But it is not a wise idea to announce at school that you let your children pole dance”, she added.
Miss Wilford, 30, said she started running the classes six months ago because of demand from the children of mothers she teaches to pole dance.
She said: “They wanted to join in because it is such fun. There is nothing sexual about it”.
But a Government-backed review, led by Mothers’ Union chief executive Reg Bailey, called last week for new measures to protect children from sexualisation.
Are these mothers on drugs? Is there nothing sexual about teaching kids seductive moves on a pole? Absolutely insane. I’m so glad that David Cameron has started the ball rolling for new measures on bad parenting and child sexualisation.
For those of us who are Christians, we need to take this story as a deep deep reminder that we must stand for core family values which protect children from such things as idiotic mothers who have been deluded and who think that to send their child to a pole dancing class is innocent. There’s surely a better way! These mothers and kids need helping, educating and informing; Christians can always play their part in this, and the report being headed up by the Mother’s Union shows this.
Dean is a Minister in the Anglican Church. Currently he is Curate in the parishes of Bedwas, Machen, Michaelston-y-Fedw and Rudry in South Wales. He was born and bred in Wales, is married to Megan, and has two dogs called Taliesin and Melyn, and two cats named Sinsir and Hâf. He graduated from Cardiff University with a BA Hons. in Theology & Religious Studies, and has studied for an MA in Theology, Ministry & Mission at Trinity College Bristol. He also holds a Cert.RSCM from the Royal School of Church Music. He loves playing music, walking, reading, blogging and horse riding as well as going to the cinema and theatre.
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