High School Dancers' Risque Costumes Spark Controversy (Video)

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A high school dance team is causing controversy after a video (below) of them performing a routine in costumes that look like lingerie went viral. 

The video shows the dance team performing a routine wearing skimpy purple and black costumes featuring stockings and suspenders. 

The dancers in the video carry a bag in one hand and a fan in the other as part of the routine. Accompanied by a drumline, the girls sway forward, moving their hips and waving to the fans. 

The video was first uploaded to the video sharing website Fly Height, but has since been shared on YouTube and Instagram. 

Some commenters online called the costumes "sexualized" and claimed that the girls "look like strippers," according to BET. Other commenters said the costumes looked like lingerie, and still others said the outfit was not age appropriate, according to WSVN.

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The students shown in the video are part of the dance team at Miami Northwestern Senior High School, according to WSVN. 

"It doesn't bother me," parent Runette Brown told WSVN. "I don't see anything wrong with it. They're dancers. I could see if cheerleaders were in it. That would be different, but they're dancers."

Not all parents were as approving. 

"I'm old fashioned, and I believe that's too sexy," parent 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 don't allow that."

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The principal of Miami Northwestern released a statement apologizing for any offense, according to WSVN: 

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.

The team's director, Traci Young-Byron, responded to criticism on Instagram, writing, "You see...because I'm a dancer...a real one, I know that these are nothing more than costumes. Costumes that are creative but most importantly, appropriate dance attire that allow for movement without restriction. Does it make these little girls hoes? Does it make their directors trash? For the record, I'll never see anything wrong with these images/costumes. #WeGottaDoBetter #TheKidsArentSexualYourBrainsAre"

Sources: WSVN, BET, Fly Height / Featured Image: Kai Stachowiak/Public Domain Pictures / Embedded Images: Fly Height via the Daily MailTraci Young-Byron/Instagram

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