Dance Moms hits a new low: Girls as young as EIGHT wear nude bikinis and dance burlesque routines in front of their mothers
Lifetime's Dance Moms has hit new lows by asking its child contestants – the youngest of whom is just eight-years-old – to dress in nude bikinis and perform a burlesque routine on stage.
The raunchy dance moves are usually
the domain of striptease experts, the X-rated acts brimming with nudity,
nipple tassels and sexually explicit poses.
But a clip from this week's show sees dance teacher Abby Lee Miller dressing the children in tan bikinis to give the audience the impression of full nudity, before asking them to act as if a man 'cant' afford' them.
Nudity Girls as young as eight have been asked to dress in tan bikinis and dance a burlesque routine to give the 'illusion' that they are naked
Upon announcing the suggestive routine – 'the audience should think that you are nude', reveals Ms Miler – the show's infamously competitive moms and their daughters are clearly shocked, as shown in the preview at Jezebel.
A wide-eyed eight-year-old Mackenzie tells the camera: 'I don't want to be naked on stage.'
Blonde-haired mother Christi is unequivocal: 'No-one ever wants to hear the word nude associated with their ten-year-old. Ever.'
We have to do what The Dance Moms contestants are clearly shocked by what has been asked of them
The unease is palpable – a parent is heard loudly commenting: 'So much for being conservative'.
Christi's eyebrows adopt a default position halfway up her forehead. 'Those are crazy looking' she says, under her breath, as she watches the girls trying on their revealing ensembles.
Ms Miller, who has never been a professional dancer but has been teaching choreography since she was just 14, talks her young charges though the famously tittivating routine, instructing them to 'hide' behind then 'look' from the modesty of their hot pink fans.
Uncomfortable: The girls look worried at the thought of appearing naked on stage with only pink feathers to protect their modesty
Did I hear correctly Dance Moms' infamous mothers are clearly worried – but still allowed the risque performance to go ahead on the contentious programme
Anxious: The indomitable Dance Moms are not happy with the idea of seeing their girls dance suggestively an in a state of apparent undress
As much as she may believe the audience will be so focused on the quivering, sweeping feathers to not notice the apparently nude children holding them, her intentions clearly suggest she wants onlookers to think 'prostitute' when they see the dancers.
'I'm hot, I'm mean, you can't have me, you can't afford me' she says to the girls during practice.
'It's crotch, boobs' she says of the fan positioning – despite all of the girls being too young to have much in the way of breasts.
Too young: Eight-year-old Mackenzie, wearing red, inspects her tiny tan bikini and turns to her mother and asks: 'How is this gonna fit me'
Burlesque The girls are told by their instructor to place their frothy fans over 'boobs' then 'crotch'
It's not just the routine that is inappropriate. Even the girls see that their skimpy outfits are uncomfortably revealing.
'How's this going to fit me' says Mackenzie. 'I can fit this on my American doll.'
The fierce dance madam apparently sees no insensitivity on the misguided outfit choice, explaining that 'you give the allusion that you're nude underneath the fans… we all know you're wearing tan bras and tan pants.' The fans, she says, are for covering the body.
Not happy: Mackenzie says of her nude bikini top 'I can fit this on my American doll' and seems distressed by the idea of wearing it in public
'Everyone in in the industry knows the girls are completely covered and everything is harmless… These mothers need to stop questioning me. What I do works.'
Yet, despite the initial shock
reactions and obvious anxiety caused by the inappropriate idea, the
mothers do not successfully intervene.
I know what works: Fierce dance teacher Abby Lee Miller is determined the routine and outfits are above-board despite parents' unease
Wrong Ms Miller, who has never been a professional dancer, is seen instructing the girls to act like 'I'm hot, I'm mean, you can't have me, you can't afford me'
The warning signs that Dance Moms may
be a touch on the risque side were only too evident, when, in a recent
slot on Anderson Cooper's daytime show, a group of Toddlers and Tiara's
mothers said that the Dance Moms parents were 'worse' then they.
'They are worse than us, they make us
look really good' said that programme's contestant mother June, while another, Kayla, who famously encouraged her
daughter to diet and lose 10 pounds, said of the Dance Moms: 'I think
they are mean, they seem mean-hearted.'