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Dance educators, parents and concerned citizens are speaking out against this cultural shift toward normalizing the hypersexualization of children in dance.


Wholesome to Hypersexualized: 
 The Dangerous Trend in Children’s Dance


Research shows that most girls – as young as 6-years old – are beginning to think of themselves as sex objects.

The culture invites them to imitate the porn-style dance moves of their favorite stars.

Children have become covert victims of sexual exploitation in what used to be a safe place – the dance studio. Children’s dance is being distorted and the art form of dance is being hijacked.

Guest Mary Bawden

Founder, DA:NCE (Dance Awareness No Child Exploited)
Charter Member, Voices Against Trafficking

Author and Dance Educator creates awareness through free evidence-based materials for dance educators, parents, and concerned adults. Highlights the consequences of hypersexualizing children in dance.

  In her own words:
 to Healthy Dance Advocate and Choreographer Mary Bawden as she introduces herself and the history of DA:NCE (Dance Awareness: No Child Exploited), in a short video highlighting the effects of Hypersexualization in Children's Dance.


During the last decade, there has been a cultural shift from healthy educational children’s dance to harmful hypersexualized children’s dance by using adult costumes, sexually suggestive choreography, and music with inappropriate sexual themes and/or lyrics. Our organization is dedicated to raising awareness and providing dance educators, parents, and concerned adults with the resources and education needed to take action and end this kind of exploitation occurring through hypersexualization of children in dance.

DA:NCE Goals

  1. To protect children from hypersexualization in adult costumes, choreography and music, and to protect the art of dance

  2. To create free research materials to give adults informed choices about the differences between healthy or harmful dance

  3. To engage in respectful conversations about hypersexualization without shaming/demonizing adults or dance studios so that there is a path for reflection and changed perspectives

  4. To communicate the hypersexualization of children in dance and its connection to the public health issue of pornography with bipartisan engagement

Free Resources for Parents and Concerned Adults

As awareness grows, dance educators, parents and concerned citizens are speaking out against this cultural shift toward normalizing the hypersexualization of children in dance. Free resources to educate and grow awareness are available at, including:

• Video library highlighting the damaging effects of hypersexualized children’s dance

• Educational PowerPoints and in-depth videos for people to use in their outreach efforts

• Resources for parents to find and select healthy, age-appropriate dance studios

• An educational and actionable newsletter, sent only three times per year, as well as an engaging eBook that explains the problem and offers solutions

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