Se-xualizing Dance

What exactly is Sexual explicitness …or has it so become the norm that most don’t give it a second thought..
or do they?

At the beginning of the 20th century, immodest images of women in public were virtually unheard of in this country.

Women ballroom dancers swept across the floor in elegant, floor length hemlines.
By the 1920′s, even displaying a woman’s knees was still considered taboo. By the 1950′s, petticoats and tulle were all the rage and hemlines became shorter. In the 1960′s chiffon and semi-sheer fabrics were introduced and even more of the ladies’ legs were visible.


Gradually dresses became shorter and shorter and more and more form fitting and snug owing to the introduction of stretchy fabrics.

In the ensuing decades, women were routinely dressed sexily and whether we choose to admit this or ourselves or not…

Fashions do dominate our perceptions of popular culture and in particular of women.
Dance movements have become overtly erotic, suggestive and simulate s-ex itself.

The Methodists may not have been too far off when they observed and actually offered warnings in the 18th century that dancing is “stylised sex.”


Prior to the 17th century, men and women danced alongside each other, not even face to face.
The extent of physical contact would be touching hands with arms outstretched.

Can you say “We’ve come a long way Baby?”…Well that all depends on where we wanted to end up.

Nearly every experience we have in society- has become ‘sexualized’. Sexuality , we are told is “a natural characteristic” of which we should feel no shame..and certainly no modesty.

So……….. because sexuality is a natural desire, is it now legitimized in all contexts?..


In films… is it approriate to view explicit sex scenes..

At any concert, must the male and female background singers and dancers dance provocatively and in a way that encourages a sexual atmosphere?

It is a given that one criterion for a girl or woman to attain stardom in this century — is that she not need have any particular talent, but she must be willing to sexualize herself.

What was once shocking in the pop industry, the flagrant promiscuity, the degradation of morality, the attire ..we have now come to expect.

Ballroom dance was once synonymous with the epitome of sophistication.


In times past, ballroom dancing was the “social dancing” of privileged classes. The woman wore a stunning, flowing, long gown; the gentleman a suit or formalwear.
Latin and swing dancers wore shorter dresses or skirts but dresses nonetheless.

What passes for womens’ dresses in Ballroom dance today?

Anything that objectifies women to the max.

This “practically naked’ look, we are told is “empowering” to the woman dancer.
We all value her stunning, scantily clad form as she moves across the floor. Rrrright.

This exhibitionism will have one certain result: Every healthy male who watches this woman dance will think of her sexually.
He may not notice a single dance step but her half naked body will not escape him.

The tacit message is being sent.

Distracting men with a half naked female body is the hallmark of the entire advertisement world.

Turning girls and women into ‘eye candy’ does nothing but contaminate the dance form and lowers it to some biological exhibitionism.headwallani

Guess what…………Dancing should be judged by relative merit..not how well the dancer appeared in her bikini top with the sheer sarong wrapped around her waist to make it appear as though she were actually dressed.


Who set this “new bar” for womens’ attire..or should I say “lack of attire” in Ballroom dance?

Anyone remember the concept of “Class”?

And…Where exactly is it written that every solitary aspect of what used to be known as our “Culture” — be dominated by sex appeal?

Jus askin.


19 Responses to “Se-xualizing Dance”

  1. Adrienne says:

    It has been less than 35 years since I taught ballroom dancing (and competed nationally garnering my fair share of wins) at the second largest Fred Astaire studio in the country (Houston, Texas.)

    We wore beautiful ball gowns when dancing American style and in International style we wore the required huge “crinolines.”

    The “clothes” they wear in dance competitions today are a disgrace to the profession, demeaning to the women, and distracting to the viewer.

    Few people have a clue of how demanding, both physically and mentally, competitive ballroom dancing is and dressing the women immodesty doesn’t foster a serious view of dancing.

  2. bigo57 says:

    Angel, indeed – this post is so true and I do agree; we mostly turn the blind eye. Nothing makes America blush. My brother was married 25 years ago and his wife was wearing mini-skirts then. Her mother said it was a fad that would pass. The skirts are now shorter and tighter and now her daughter wears the mini-skirts. My wife used to ask me to watch Dancing with the Stars and I told her “I can’t” as it wold only breed impure thoughts. Unfortunate – but I’m speaking the truth at least for DeanO

  3. Katie says:

    It has nothing to do with the “dance” now but with which dancer looks more like a whore. In fact I’ve seen whores who wore more clothing than those “dancers”

  4. Comedy Plus says:

    Sex sells and it always has, it’s just way out in the open now not hid in some dark alley anymore. It seems everything is about sex. Everything.

    I read an article in the newspaper this morning about Herman Cain. Since he’s a republican everyone is on the bandwagon over his private life. With Bill Clinton everyone was saying it was his private life and none of our business. The world has gone mad.

    Have a terrific day Angel. Big hugs. :)

  5. amanofwonder says:

    Call me old fashioned but a woman in a dress, stylishly made, well kept and modest is more alluring for me than what we are exposed to now a days.

    The sexualizing of females starts quite young. Dance schools now teach jazz and other forms of “shake it for me baby” to grade school girls. My daughter teachs tap and ballet to preschool girls and I am quite proud of the fact that she insists that recital costumes are modest and in good taste.

    Sounds like we are heading head long into another Sodom, I’m headed to the hills prudy soon I think.

  6. Leticia says:

    I remember seeing ballroom dancing and how I loved the beautiful flowing gowns, the women were stunning in those dresses. Elegant.

    What happened to modesty?

    Another reason why I quit watching dancing with the stars.

  7. KarL M says:

    It starts as a vertical dance and ends in the as a horizontal one…
    yet another way for mass media to sell SEX and call it dancing..
    i am afraid of what they will think of next..
    Protect your children and pets!!!!!

  8. bob says:

    Sex sells, everything. I am a technical guy, and have been to bunches of technical conventions where there are scores of scantily dressed female models to lure nerdy engineering guys into the booths.

    Sex sells cars, beer, whiskey, wine, cameras, computers, erectile disorder drugs (why two bathtubs?), tools, tires, laxatives, Activa, clothes, underwear, pet food, detergents, motorcycles, internet domain names (Go Daddy), breakfast cereal, and most anything else I can’t think of. Then you go to the grocery store, and here come the women shoppers dressed in the latest tennis skirts, stretch pants, or tight leggings that leave no imagination to the brand of panty, or lack thereof.

    Now, you tell me that I can look at more almost naked women on ballroom dancing shows? Heck, why do I need that since I just saw a Victoria’s Secret commercial on my big screen TV that can only be called soft porn. My wife was kind enough to advise me on which models had breast enhancements.

    Where is this world going with sex on TV? I think we are about there.

  9. Carol-Christian Soldier says:

    women degrading themselves has become an anathema to me—
    another great post -

    off thread-
    Go ARMY -beat Navy-



  10. Carol-Christian Soldier says:

    the US as one—

  11. Brooke says:

    I’ve never been a fan of dancing; I’ve no talent for it so it is difficult for me to appreciate it, I suppose.

    That said, you are spot on with your critique of women’s ‘costumes’, Angel!

  12. Joe says:

    I’m just glad I have sons and not daughters. Daughters would have been kept locked up and probably would have worn chastity belts when not right by my side. I would NOT have required berk-as, but their faces would have been the only skin visible. Just call me old school!

    Maybe I exaggerate just a tad.

  13. Subvet says:

    By the constant pressure to sexualize every activity (ballroom dancing too?) we’ve become a nation of pigs. Just my opinion.

  14. Kid says:

    Demoralization. Focal point of the communist activist/agenda.

    But anyway, yea, I just walked past a TV that was selling a skin creme with a girl sitting in her underwear. Is that necessary ? Course not. Today’s popular shows like NCIS (which I like actually) bring up sex at least every 30 seconds.

    IN this case, I’d say it’s a combination of misdirection away from what the evil doers in DC are up to Daily, and satisfying the need of today’s youth interest. Which is a circular phenomenon.

  15. Matt says:

    I have to agree 100% Angel. I really can’t see how objectifying women somehow empowers them.

  16. Always On Watch says:

    I love the traditional, sophisticated ballroom dancing.

    Years ago, my mother enrolled me in that kind of dance instruction. Her primary goal was to cure me of my innate clumsiness.

    Well, I quickly reached that primary goal and grew to love ballroom dancing. I went on to earn several medals in competition.

    Alas! I married a man with two left feet, so my dancing days stopped then — except for occasional forays of dancing with Ww2 and Korean War veterans.

  17. Debbie says:

    Some great images and beautiful gowns. Some current dance styles and also music styles have no grace or style, they are disgusting.

    Also take dancing with the stars, which does use some of the graceful dances, but the costumes and people they choose, freaks of nature, are a disgrace to the dance styles.

  18. Z says:

    Angel, (thanks for the email) and yes, you are SO right about this. Skimpier and skimpier until the dancing doesn’t matter but the costume seems to. The makeup, too…! They all look like faces are painted on and they’re so tan they’re like George Hamilton dancing in skimpy drag!
    It’s a shame because dance is so beautiful and it seems like everything in our culture now has to be sexed up or nobody’s interested.
    Well, WE are but if we speak up, we’re called Calvinists and old fashioned and we’re restricting free expression. Why is it that THEIR freedoms always come before the freedom to enjoy traditional values??

  19. Kimbal says:

    Thanks for everything you do, Angel! I remember an Aussie film, STRICTLY BALLROOM, in which the transitioning towards scanty costumes was already in process but the idea of what ballroom dancing should be is a point of contention. If you have not seen it, go find it!!!

    Today’s remarkably scanty and revealing costumes turn it all into pole dancing without the pole. Blah!