*Dancers from the Miami Northwestern Senior High dance team have come under fire for being “too risqué” with their costumes and routine after video of their act went viral once it appeared on social media.
As reported by The Grape Vine, the dance team wore “thigh-high tights, a cutout leotard with a long-sleeved crop top and black boots, which many people said resembled lingerie and stripper clothing.”
But the dance instructor, Traci Young-Byron, posted photos on Instagram and said that Kitana from “Mortal Kombat” was the inspiration.
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Of course, much of the criticism came from parents of other students at the high school, who slam the outfits for not being age appropriate.
“I’m old-fashioned, and I believe that’s too sexy,” Jerry Byrd told WSVN. “There are a lot of bad people out there that will look at that and take it a different way. I have two daughters I deal with, and I won’t allow that.”
The Miami Northwestern principal issued a statement about the dancers’ outfits:
“Miami Northwestern Senior High School has always been a source of pride for students, parents, alumni and the community. We will continue that tradition. While all the parents of the dancers who participated in the event approved of the attire, we understand the concerns that have been raised and sincerely apologize for any offense this may have caused. Looking ahead, we will implement a more comprehensive and stringent uniform approval process to ensure an appropriate representation of our school.”
Young-Byron noted that the girls were being called “strippers in training” only because they were black, and further proved her point by posting photos of young white dancers dressed in similar attire:
My mood when judgemental black people try to come for my creativity ?? I said black people cause it’s always us! When we see the same costumes on Hispanic or Caucasian dancers, we say nothing and accept it. Some of y’all are too funny! As long as their parents and I are spending our money, your negative opinions won’t stop nothing! And for those who claim to not let your daughters dance for me…STOP LYING! You’d both jump at the 1st chance you’d get. TO ALL THE POSITIVE SUPPORTERS…THANK YOU!!!! I will continue to slay lives and trailblaze!!! #MNWGgirls #MiamiNorthwesternSeniorHigh #MMB #DesignedByGodTouchedBySupa #SupaBlackGirl