Where Have the Little Ballerinas Gone?

ballerinaSomeone sent me this article linked here which is about as sad an indictment of our culture as I’ve read.

The author is Dr. Gerard Nadal who is Science and Health Education Policy Advisor for the Bioethics Defense Fund. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Philosophy from Saint John’s University, New York City. After his post-baccalaureate sciences at Columbia University, New York City, Dr. Nadal returned to Saint John’s University where he received his Master of Science in Cellular and Molecular Biology, Master of Philosophy in Biology, and Ph.D. in Molecular Microbiology.

He has an amazing educational pedigree, but writes this piece as a father. Here is just one excerpt.

This all comes to mind after attending my children’s dance recital last weekend. Their school has begun to drift from its wholesome moorings, as evidenced by 5-6 year olds in hula skirts turning their backs to the audience, placing one hand on a hip, and shaking their bottoms for a good 15 seconds to the hoots, hollers, whistles and cheers of the audience. It was the loudest and most raucus applause of the show. My three who collectively dance Irish step, tap, modern, and ballet were repulsed.

I was nauseated. Why the cheers for that, and why so demonstrative? It is not disconnected from the societal implosion in the Western World. Little girls don’t aspire to be “hot,” or sexually sophisticated. Left to their own natural development they like pink things and dolls, girly and feminine stuff. They want to be admired and courted, not lusted after and groped.

Most of us have seen this downward spiral everywhere. As the author points out, the downward spiral is being facilitated by parents themselves. His closing paragraphs show just where this has taken the daughters in America, and it is a horrendous tragedy.

P.S. I attended a misnamed ‘Talent Show’ at the premier Christian high school in town that my sons attended back in 2005. Imagine sitting in a darkened audience while 6 nubile young girls in tight t-shirts and jeans wriggled all over the stage in the gym to a song that was purportedly about the Holy Spirit. It was called “When the Spirit Moves.” The fathers and male students in the gym were whistling and cheering these young girls on who were writhing around in a very sexual way. I got up and just walked out. Evangelical Christians are participating in this sexualization of females as much as the rest of America.

3 thoughts on “Where Have the Little Ballerinas Gone?

  1. Dr. Nadal hit the nail on the head with his description of what is taught to
    the little girls in today’s world. How utterly sad. There is nothing left alone
    any more. The dances of the Hawaiian culture truly mean something and
    is beautiful when put to the music of the islands. Nothing is left untouched
    now a days regarding dances, cheerleading squads, pom pom routines, etc.
    Everything is done to appeal sexually. It’s sick!!!! Thank the Lord there are
    still parents out there who believe and abide by God’s laws in raising their
    children. Prayer is certainly needed to guide parents in these times.

  2. I’ve observed this trend for many years now, before my 16 year old daughter was born, while I was teaching in a public school and at year’s end the dance studios would put on their SHOWS. I wondered in amazement/shock/horror then–Why would parents allow this?– and I still feel the same way today. Kris is right, prayer is certainly needed to guide parents in these time.

  3. So sad. Our culture is on the slippery slope that ancient Rome and Greece traveled.

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