Why Dance Moms Makes my Eye Twitch
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I am not a reality television person; let’s get that out in the open right now. However, I did get the chance to preview the new Lifetime reality series Dance Moms and I have to tell you… I’m not a fan of the dance competition world. And maybe because I don’t get the whole stage mom craze, even though I was in Drama and I performed in Choir for 10 years in school… I still. Just. Don’t. Get it.
Dance Moms is about what a group of moms go through (and put their daughters through) all in the hopes of becoming a dance star. It's a tough look at the world of competitive youth dance and the struggles and decisions that are made all in the name of winning the next big competition and dance greatness.
What baffles me is how the moms not only realize that they spend an obscene amount of money (they all talk about the money they spend) on dance but they also talk about how they realize that often times dance comes before anything else, even an education. From what I can understand about the dance competition world, the amount of money it takes for lessons and costumes is a bit obscene but that doesn't explain the preference of dance over a good education. Let the eye twitching begin…
I don’t think I could ever be a Dance Mom, I mean hello! Have I ever told you about my early years as a soccer mom? And while I’ve struggled with living vicariously through the kids, I’m sure not going to make them suffer at something just because it’s my dream for them.
No, I’m one of those parents who as long as the kids are happy and enjoy what they’re doing then I’m happy but when you see your child crying over how the instructor treats them and how winning really becomes the only thing on their minds, then for me it’s time to pull the plug (both figuratively and literally).
But while I guess I can get past all of that, I can’t… and I mean CAN’T get past the appearance of the girls.
Let’s Talk Inappropriate For a Minute
Now, since I’m clearly not tuned into the dance scene let me ask, is it customary and required for the dance girls to be wearing more make up than their moms or instructor during practice? Let’s take it one step further… is it appropriate for them to be made up like tiny harlots just to sit down for their on camera interviews with mom? I’m curious about that. I’m honestly not taking a dig at the show… I’m taking a dig at the moms… what’s wrong with you that your daughter has more make up on than you do just to show up and practice (at something that’s clearly not a dress rehearsal)?
I’ve watched my niece dance in front of an audience and there are girls of all ages performing and they are all made up appropriately (light blush, lip gloss) but this idea of full on mascara, eye liner that looks so caked on that it would take a chisel to get it off and include the false eyelashes?? That’s too much for this mom, so I’m curious if that’s the actual process expected at every dance practice or competition, or if this was just for television hype. Maybe someone can help me understand why make up to this extreme is necessary (or isn't).
I will admit that the temptation to watch the next episode is strong but that’s only because the previews had Abby (the dance instructor) telling the girls that the next routine was going to be “sexy” with cuts to the girls in skimpily dressed outfits. I’m pretty sure you don’t want to get me started on appropriate dress for young girls right? The outfits that the preview teased showed more skin than books have in a library. Let’s just say I wear more clothes when I go to bed at night and that’s even in the middle of summer.
As for now… I’ll stick to being a Football, Soccer, and (later this year) Swim Team Mom because if this is considered “normal” for dance girls and their dance moms… then I think I’ll just sit this dance out.
You can watch Lifetime's new reality series "Dance Moms" on Wednesday nights at 10pm EST 9pm Central