Just what is respectable? Coast dancers will have limits on their dance moves at the Eisteddfod.
Just what is respectable? Coast dancers will have limits on their dance moves at the Eisteddfod. Chris Dowd

Crotch moves go as eisteddfod dancers told to tone it down

CERTAIN "crotch" movements will be banned and tights will become compulsory at future Sunshine Coast Dance Eisteddfods.

Some parents and dance teachers are at a loss to understand the new standards, highlighted nine days before competition begins.

One mother, Karelle Filmer, said the new standards were censorship, while several teachers argued some of the moves now deemed inappropriate are part of the dance syllabus.

Eisteddfod committee president Jason King sent parents and teachers an email on April 25.

"We have unanimously decided students must wear a pair of flesh tights and to avoid the overextended (turned in/inverted) mount with the crotch facing the audience," he said.

"If you are concerned if a particular dance move is inappropriate, it's probably best to review it."

The changes were being introduced as the eisteddfod is a "family orientated event" and "protecting the students remains our priority".

But a dance teacher said "so many movements include the view of the crotch area - including middle split jump, round kick, plie in second, an open grande jete and so on.

"One of the moves is a jazz move. It is taught in schools all over country," another teacher said.

Still another fears forcing the students to wear tights is dangerous.

"We have an acrobatic genre. It is a lot safer to not wear stockings as there is less risk of slipping," she said. "We train without stockings all year round."

The teachers did want to be identified for fear putting students at risk.

The committee agreed to delay the introduction of the new standards until next year "due to the late nature of these changes".

"However, these changes will be enforced in 2014," Mr King said.

"Regardless of current trends in this country or others, certain dance moves are too revealing to be considered appropriate. We are confident other eisteddfods will follow suit."

The Daily received two emails from parents saying they supported the changes.

Ms Filmer's 14-year-old daughter has been dancing at the eisteddfod for seven years and she is furious at the introduction of this form of "censorship".

"The winner of the junior bursary last year would be unable to place under the new standards, which is comical," she said.

A teacher said the new standards were causing people to view innocent dance moves in a sexual light.

"Since the weekend we have all started to look at crotches and that is a terrible thing to be thinking about," she said.

"I never thought about it until it was highlighted."

A teacher said the wording of the new standards was difficult to understand.

"There have been incidences where people choreographed routines for little kids and stepped over the boundary to make then look older than they are.

"In that respect. I can understand some of it. But they are totally cutting out movement for every age group, no matter the context.''


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