Belly dancer for prom has parent aski...

Belly dancer for prom has parent asking questions - Sentinel & Ente...

There are 20 comments on the Sentinel & Enterprise story from May 21, 2010, titled Belly dancer for prom has parent asking questions - Sentinel & Ente.... In it, Sentinel & Enterprise reports that:

Mark Perreault thought his daughter was joking when she told him this weekend's Leominster High Senior Prom will include a presentation from a belly-dance instructor.

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just saying

Danvers, MA

#1 May 21, 2010
Have you seen the way the teenagers dance? Grinding and bumping, they are practically having sex on the dance floor. I have seen it with my own eyes, and when I have asked the kids if they dance like this in front of their parents, they say yes.

Belly dancing is much less suggestive than what the kids do on the dance floor.
Get a life

Lancaster, MA

#3 May 21, 2010
I think this Cristian parent should have sent his daughter to St B's. I believe that prom is chaperoned by the nuns. :)
Chestnut

Lancaster, MA

#4 May 21, 2010
Evil thinks as evil does...
JIm

Fitchburg, MA

#5 May 21, 2010
Lets shoot for exotic dancing next year, the "Other Side" is available for rental, and the stage and poles are already there.
Leominsterite

Clinton, MA

#6 May 21, 2010
I think the belly dancer probably wears more clothing than most of the HS girls. And their dancing is much worse than belly dancing.
Duh

Leominster, MA

#7 May 21, 2010
"I have concerns there could be some inappropriate contact," he said. "I'd be interested to know what other people think, because maybe I'm in the minority."

Do you realize that your child is out most likely having sex with their significant other? I am sorry but parents need to open their eyes. Many of the LHS kids party, drink underage and act plain stupid. Just look around facebook. Proof is there.

Don't worry about a dance where a belly dancer is going to be, worry about what your kid is doing after the prom. Motel 6? After party? Belly dancing should be the LEAST of any ones worries right now.
Bump and Grind

United States

#9 May 21, 2010
Can we get a little more uptight people, what do you think these kids are going to be doing two hours after thr prom?
MLRMS

Fitchburg, MA

#10 May 21, 2010
OK let's get serious... It's not the presence of the belly dancer (I'm sure there will be girls who will be dressed more inappropriately than she will be) it is that she will be instructing the girls. This becomes performance for the pleasure of the guys and any girl who doesn't wish to "perform" gets the pleasure of being harrassed by her peers.

The descision to hire this dancer was made at the last minute with out the knowledge of the majority of the student body. It places kids who didn't know that that activity would be included in a difficult situation. Some girls will now have to decide "Do I go and do something I'm uncomfortable with just to fit in?", "Do I go and be uncomfortable if I don't choose to partcipate?" or "Do I just back out and waste all the money spent on the tickets, gown etc.?"

Senior Prom is a big deal for for most of the class it is their last major social event. DUH would be surprised to find out the number of kids who don't end up at the Motel 6 or drunken after parties. Why should anyone have to go thru an awkward evening because a small group of students and their teacher advisors came up with this "brilliant" idea.
Nancy-J

Leominster, MA

#11 May 21, 2010
Just because a belly dancer is giving "lessons" does not mean that anybody HAS to participate that doesn't want to. Belly dancing is so mild compared to the humping and grinding that high school girls are doing at every dance these days. I would think that any parent would HOPE their daughter did a belly dance at the prom over what they will most likely be doing. There is nothing pornographic about belly dancing...but can't say the same about todays humping and grinding that goes on on the dance floor. Some of these girls should be asking their dance partners to wear condoms during the dance!
Fitchburg Taxpayer

Fitchburg, MA

#12 May 21, 2010
Belly dancing is an art form, what the teenagers are doing on the dance floor is not!
okay

Leominster, MA

#13 May 21, 2010
I am fairly certain this was a decision that was made months ago with the whole-hearted support of the student body. It was intended to be nothing more than a fun tutorial for girls AND boys to tie perfectly into the theme. Nothing more than a part of the decorations practically...let's all be more concerned about real problems.
Mark P

Shrewsbury, MA

#14 May 21, 2010
I'm glad to see that people are posting on both sides of the issue. My main question is if belly dancing is should be supported by the administration at a school dance. I personally don't think so, but I am not one to decide what is right for anyone else's kids, but my own.

Secondly, just because the "bumping and grinding" occurs at the dances, it is not supported by the school administration. I don't necessarily hold the school responsible for other kids bad behavior.

And finally for those who wonder if we know where our kids will be after the prom, you should know the answer to that...
Julyana

Dracut, MA

#15 May 21, 2010
Are you kidding me? What do people think belly dancing is? First off, I am a professional belly dancer. I have been dancing for 15 years and yes, I have taught female students, ages 7 to 19, as well as adults and seniors. Belly dance is an old and beautiful art form. The correct term is Raqs Sharqi (belly dance is an American term). The uninformed definitely have a hard time getting past the idea that belly dancing is not stripping. In fact, belly dance began as a dance for women, by women. The whole "harem girls" concept did not come around in until the Ottoman Empire. The dance has primarily been a folk dance. It is celebrated throughout the world with every culture. It is the oldest form of dance. And yes, there are male belly dancers as well! I am sure the teacher (I believe I know who she is) will be teaching appropriate moves, perhaps using a prop like a veil, but I know it will be fun for the students. There is a large variety of styles that have branched off from the "Cabaret" or "American restaurant" style, as it's called, that may be of interest to young people, including gothic belly dance, tribal style and a new steampunk look. Hip hop as well as other styles are now fused with belly dance. Remember a ballet "arabesque" position came from belly dance. Plus, belly dancers are all shapes, ages and sizes. It helps women (and men) become comfortable with their own bodies! So parents, relax. Us belly dancers are not evil people who are going to corrupt your children with our swaying hips. I think there are plenty of people in the world willing to do that with other things.

My influence is here:

Now isn't that beautiful?
Marty

Millbury, MA

#16 May 21, 2010
Get a life!
reply

Holden, MA

#17 May 21, 2010
they should have had a "Hispanic Night" so the school would be not offend anyone.
Male Belly Dancer

Harvard, MA

#18 May 21, 2010
I worry more about offending the instructor. I remember one night after a belly dance show, a group of us (belly dancers) went to a night club, and were amazed to see how the young people were dancing - there was little pretense of anything that resembled dance - it was having sex with their clothes on.
Valerie

Clinton, MA

#19 May 21, 2010
You've got to be kidding me. This is jr. high
All because of ONE parent

Leominster, MA

#21 May 22, 2010
Do you realize that this entire commotion is because of Mr. Perreault and Mr. Perreault only? Not ONE other parent or teacher complained - he has mounted a one-man campaign and when the Superintendent, Principal, students and advisors would not back down, he went so far as to call the paper and Channel 7. How sad that this can cause such a commotion. Let these kids go to their prom, have fun, laugh, and learn about another type of cultural dance - for goodness sake, there are far bigger issues these kids deal with than a demonstration of centuries-old dance! Do you realize what he has done to his daughter socially because of this?

Mr. Perreault is typical of today's parenting - "I can't get what I want so I will throw a tantrum, call the press, and throw mud at others." Shame on you, Mr. Perreault.
Fizbo

Leominster, MA

#22 May 22, 2010
All because of ONE parent wrote:
Do you realize that this entire commotion is because of Mr. Perreault and Mr. Perreault only? Not ONE other parent or teacher complained - he has mounted a one-man campaign and when the Superintendent, Principal, students and advisors would not back down, he went so far as to call the paper and Channel 7. How sad that this can cause such a commotion. Let these kids go to their prom, have fun, laugh, and learn about another type of cultural dance - for goodness sake, there are far bigger issues these kids deal with than a demonstration of centuries-old dance! Do you realize what he has done to his daughter socially because of this?
Mr. Perreault is typical of today's parenting - "I can't get what I want so I will throw a tantrum, call the press, and throw mud at others." Shame on you, Mr. Perreault.
As the saying goes "film at 11!". All he wants is his 15 minutes of fame...
Julyana

Leominster, MA

#23 May 23, 2010
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Mr. Perreault is typical of today's parenting - "I can't get what I want so I will throw a tantrum, call the press, and throw mud at others." Shame on you, Mr. Perreault.[/QUOTE]

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