Pole-dancing at Chinese nursery shocks parents

Horrified parents posted clips of the pole dance on social media on Monday with many saying that they're trying to withdraw their children from school and get their tuition back

Principal Lai Rong told state-run news site thepaper.cn that she had only hoped that children would learn different types of dances to promote dance training.

The school is also facing an investigation from the Bao'an District Education Bureau.

Videos circulating on social media showed a scantily-clad dancer in hot trousers shimmying up and down a pole to thumping music as stunned children in marching band uniforms looked on.

The Shenzhen Xinshahui Kindergarten, a government-owned school in Bao'an District, subsequently issued an apology, lamely claiming the performance was meant to "lighten up the atmosphere".

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"Before our kids got out of kindergarten for the summer, there was 10 days of military "activities" and displays of machine guns and mortars at the door; now the principal has welcomed them back with a strip pole dance", Standaert wrote on his Twitter account.

The apology did not deter parents from voicing their anger over the incident, which also included another burlesque performance by a second dancer, both of which were posted online. Standaert later added that when his wife called the principal, she stated pole dancing was "international and good exercise", before hanging up.

While pole dancing has become more and more popular in China in recent years - for the young, old, and the recently deceased - it appears that the country is not ready for the performance art to become part of kindergarteners' curriculum.

Michael Standaert, an American writer whose children attend the school, narrated the story on Twitter.

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Parents attending the welcome ceremony with their young children in Shenzhen were stunned when a pole dancer clad in black hot trousers and heels began to gyrate around a steel pipe. "I'm not teaching them any sexual moves".

Some said parents should not entrust their young children to a school with such taste and inclination, whereas others were more measured in their response.

"I may as well be dead".

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"The District Education Bureau believes that it is not appropriate to perform pole dancing for children in kindergartens", said the bureau statement, which was shared on Chinese social media by thousands of amused people.

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