When I was in elementary school, probably around fifth and sixth grade, I was on the majorette squad. We wore royal blue leotards with silver and red sequins embroidered on the neckline with the signature white tasselled boots. We had dance routines to songs like MC Hammer’s “Too Legit to Quit” and an old school bass song, “Give It All You Got.” Our first major performance was in a competition at a community center for area schools and community groups. Looking back, I realize how hood my school was, but we and our advisors thought we were the classiest of the participating teams.
I remember seeing girls younger and smaller than me pop and shake to “Boom, I Got Your Boyfriend” and Luke’s “I Wanna Rock Right Now” (wait, maybe that was us!) I couldn’t believe these girls were moving body parts I didn’t even know I had yet. My mom hated to see me or any little girl in our neighborhood “gyratin’ and carrying on.” “It just looks bad,” she would say. As I continue my journey into adulthood, I understand fully what Mama meant.
If you haven’t seen this video, please, watch it. They were discussing it on Anderson Cooper 360.
Now, usually, I would say, “I blame Beyonce.” Nope, not this time. I blame the parents, the dance instructors and the competition coordinators. Someone tell me why or how this is appropriate. If you didn’t know, these girls are about seven years old. What adds insult to injury is the fact that these girls are DAMN GOOD. That little one in the middle is giving it to the crowd. When she hit the quadruple turn, I wanted to jump up and shout, “Get it, girl!” but then I remembered that she has a two-piece outfit moving better than Beyonce, who’s my age. It’s a shame, indeed.
What are your thoughts?