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VIDEO: Parents Defend Young Girls' Racy Dance Performance

May 14 2010, Published 9:38 a.m. ET

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A Pomona, California dance troupe's interpretation of Beyonce's Single Ladies is striking up controversy on the Web, as it showcases five scantily-clad female dancers wildly shaking and gyrating to the R&B hit. The controversy: the dancers are 8- and 9-year-olds !

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The video, which has racked more than two million views on YouTube this week, was shot at the World of Dance Competition in Pomona , California  on April 10.

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With countless message boards filled with angry words directed at the adults behind the competition, some of the dancers' parents appeared on Good Morning America Friday to give their sides of the story.

Cory Miller, who is the father one of the dancers, said the video has been "taken completely out of context," and that the performance was "completely normal for dancing.

"On behalf of the parents, our best interest is for the kids," Miller said. "Just know that the kids are doing something that they completely love to do. They compete in dance competitions ... in front of family and friends."


Another parent, Melissa Presch, said that the dancing is typical for those types of competitions, and that skimpy outfits are a necessity for flexibility in the dance spectrum.

"The costumes are designed for movement, unrestricted movement and to show body lines," she said. "We're very proud of our daughters and their accomplishments."



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