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Disgust as children from Revolutions Pole Academy perform in pole dancing display at Crockenhill Primary School summer fete

17 June 2014
by Thom Morris

A father has reacted angrily and stormed out of a school fete after watching a children's pole dancing display.

He said he left Crockenhill Primary School in disgust after seeing youngsters performing "unsavoury" routines.

The 39-year-old said "lots of people were upset" at seeing the performance from children as young as four.

Children performed a pole dancing display at Crockenhill Primary School. File picture Harold CunninghamGetty Images

Children performed a pole dancing display at Crockenhill Primary School. File picture: Harold Cunningham/Getty Images

But the owner of Revolutions Pole Academy said there was nothing "inappropriate" about the show and the head teacher denied it was "sleazy".

However, the father-of-two, who did not want to be named, described the display on Saturday as "so wrong".

He said: "A lot of people were upset about it. They were performing a routine to music in inappropriate clothing and they had children doing it and I just thought, 'this is so wrong'.

"The shorts they had on showed more than they should and a lot of people were leaving as a result of it..." - father-of-two

"One of the ladies that was performing it was wearing a crop top with one of the shoulder sleeves missing - it was quite revealing.

"The shorts they had on showed more than they should and a lot of people were leaving as a result of it."

He added: "I don't think it would have been as bad if they had been more appropriately dressed.

"If it was a leotard, fair enough, but for what they were wearing, and having their faces made up, it just wasn't right. I felt like I was entering something quite unsavoury."

Head teacher Sarah Warshow said they had invited Revolutions Pole Academy to perform at the school fete.

The youngest performer was four and there was also a solo show from a 12-year-old who performed to Holding Out for a Hero by Bonnie Tyler.

Performances also included a medley of songs from The Lion King, with adults dressed as a warthog and meerkat.

Is a pole dancing display acceptable at a primary school fete?

Mrs Warshow said: "We had the dance company come along and they were involved in aerial skills and it's run by someone in our community.

"There was one performance by the teacher and some by the children. It's great for the children to keep fit and it's fun as well.

"We felt it was good to support it - there's nothing sleazy about it."

 

Revolutions owner Cat Ledbetter said she offers classes for children aged from four and gives children - and adults - excellent physical fitness.

Mrs Ledbetter, who performed to Let it Go from Disney movie Frozen, said: "I don't feel there is anything inappropriate in what was displayed at the fair.

"The children involved all had a fantastic time and have benefited greatly from their lessons. It's fun and it's keeping them fit."

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