Pole Dancer Shocks Parents At Kindergarten Opening Ceremony
"Who would think this is a good idea?"
A nursery in China has come under fire for inexplicably inviting a pole dancer to perform at a welcome ceremony, according to local reports.
The Xinshahui Kindergarten in the southern city of Shenzhen invited parents and children to a welcome day on Monday.
As well as a jazz dance and a traditional Chinese dance, one woman -- a professional dance teacher -- gave a pole dance to about 500 children aged between three and six, and about 100 parents.
A video of the performance circulated on Chinese social media Weibo, as well as Twitter.
"The goal was to get the kids to learn more about one variety of dance," principal Lai Rong told Yu News.
She said that she'd witnessed the excellent professional skills of the pole dancers and had arranged for the performance.
"Children are quite simple, they wouldn't think such complicated thoughts about this," she later told the New York Times via phone.
"They'd just think that it's amazing for someone to be able to fly on a pole like that."
However, the parents were less than amused. Michael Standaert, an American journalist living in China whose kids were to attend the school, recorded part of the dance.
"Who would think this is a good idea?" he asked. "We're trying to pull the kids out of the school and get our tuition back."
He said that parents complained to police, the Education Bureau and Chinese media. Lai Rong has since been fired.