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.