Once you have armed yourself with factual, evidence-based information to share, request an appointment with the studio owner. Start out the conversation with positive comments about the art of dance and appreciation for the dance studio that you are targeting.
Ask the studio owner if they are familiar with the type of hypersexualized dance that you are concerned about. Share with them the video examples and ask them to read a copy of our eBook, “Healthy or Harmful Children’s Dance”. Engage in a personal conversation with them and ask if they would consider making sure that they do not allow children under 12 to present dances in adult costumes, music and choreography. If you collected signatures as part of the local petition, present that to the dance studio. Refer them to our website at www.danceawareness.com to learn more.
If the studio owner is committed to making change, that is a wonderful sign and kudos to you for facilitating change in your community! But if the studio owner doesn’t see the issue or refuses to make changes, we encourage you to find a different dance studio for your child.