Parents of children at a primary school in the suburbs of London, England, are complaining after they were treated to a pole-dancing exhibition at a school fair.
A four-year-old girl participated in the pole-dancing festivities at Crockenhill Primary School, the Daily Mail reports. Other performers ranged in age up to 12.
“A lot of people were upset about it,” a father who endured the pole-dancing routine told the Mail. “They were performing a routine to music in inappropriate clothing and they had children doing it and I just thought, ‘this is so wrong.'”
Parents were especially peeved at how scantily clad the little girls were.
“If it was a leotard, fair enough, but for what they were wearing, and having their faces made up, it just wasn’t right,” the unidentified father said. “I felt like I was entering something quite unsavory.”
The mad dad said he and other parents ended up leaving in protest.
School official Sarah Warshow defended the pole-dancing performance.
“We had the dance company come along and they were involved in aerial skills and it’s run by someone in our community,” Warshow told the Mail.
“There was one performance by the teacher and some by the children,” she added. “It’s great for the children to keep fit and it’s fun as well.”
The dance company is Revolutions Pole Academy. Images at the company’s website show women dancing on a vertical metal pole as impressively as any stripper.
The pole-dancing songs at Crockenhill included a medley from “The Lion King.” A 12-year-old girl staged a solo routine to “Holding Out for a Hero,” the 1984 “Footloose” gem by Bonnie Tyler.
The owner of Revolutions owner, Cat Ledbetter, performed to “Let it Go” from “Frozen,” the Disney movie.
“I don’t feel there is anything inappropriate in what was displayed at the fair,” Ledbetter told the British newspaper. “It’s a huge over-reaction.”
Ledbetter also opined that preventing girls as young as four years old from pole dancing “would be putting a stigma on it.”
A statement from Revolutions at the Crockenhill Primary School website reiterated Ledbetter’s stance.
“We try and put on entertainment that’s free of charge for anyone who wants to have a go and at this event had a number of circus skill-themed, gymnastic activities,” the statement said. “All of this was entirely appropriate for young children and families.”
Another page the Crockenhill website promises that the school is “committed to providing for the needs of the whole child, both in and out of the classroom.”