Dance Moms used to be one of my favorite shows. Forget the reality show craziness, I simply enjoyed the dancing. The girls, ages six to thirteen, were (and are) amazing little dancers. Now, they are amazing celebrities.
This season, the show has lost some of its luster. Probably
because the producers have ramped up the drama. The dancing is still great, but there’s more yelling, more
swearing, and more out-and-out ridiculousness from the “supposed” adults. Fame doesn’t seem to have affected the young
dancers, but the studio owner’s head has swollen to epic proportions. How much is real and how much is hype is
anyone’s guess, but for us dance enthusiasts, the result is disappointment.
My biggest issue is the constant demands for
perfection--from middle-school aged children.
The studio owner goes irate over any competition that doesn’t produce a
first place trophy. Of course I realize
most of the ranting on the show is for ratings, but I also know the continual expectation
for perfection from our nation’s youth is at an all-time high. And not just in competitive dance, but in
gymnastics, cheerleading, and even little league baseball and scholastic
Perfection is a difficult goal—even for adults who train
continually. And we expect this from
our kids? When do they have time for
fun? Time to simply be children—or for that matter, to simply be.
This author thinks we might be expecting too much. Constant stress during a time when children
are supposed to be carefree cannot be helping in the development of our future
So what do you think?
How can we reverse this trend and be happy when are kids are simply