Anger about belly dance performance at Russian school for children from seven years old

“Did the fathers pay for this show?” Anger after seven-year-old students are welcomed from holiday with belly dancers at Russian school

  • Dance was for celebrations on the occasion of Knowledge Day, the return of children to school
  • Critics labeled routine ‘inappropriate’ for the young children in the audience
  • Others compared the scantily clad young teacher’s performance to a striptease
  • However, some parents said the performance was a welcome break from the routine










Parents and students were left open-mouthed after a teacher performed a belly dance at a back to school ceremony in Russia.

Today, students across the country are returning to school after the summer holidays, to mark the occasion – known as Knowledge Day – with dance and music performances.

But one such performance, at school number 76 in the southeastern city of Khabarovsk, raised some eyebrows when a female teacher, wearing a bra and long skirt with a side slit, performed a belly dance.

Local education leaders were reportedly “outraged” by the routine, which took place in front of children as young as seven.

“The Education Department noted that such behavior is unacceptable and inappropriate in front of children,” said a local media report.

“They questioned the whole educational work of the school.”

The school’s leader would be “held accountable for the young teacher’s actions,” the report continued, adding that “the school is awaiting a series of official controls.”

Parents and students were left open-mouthed after a teacher performed a belly dance at a back to school ceremony in Russia

Local education leaders were reportedly 'outraged' by the routine, which took place in front of children as young as seven during the celebration of Knowledge Day, which marks the return of children to school after the summer break.

Local education leaders were reportedly ‘outraged’ by the routine, which took place in front of children as young as seven during the celebration of Knowledge Day, which marks the return of children to school after the summer break.

Some critics found the performance “inappropriate,” asking, “Did the dads put all their pocket money together to pay for this show?”

Others compared the belly dance to “a local striptease club act.”

Tatyana Butskaya, head of the Moscow-based Mothers’ Council, slammed a video of the performance, saying the focus should have been on the schoolchildren.

“Today is for schoolchildren – Knowledge Day – associated with school uniforms and bouquets of flowers from students for teachers – no extravagant behavior,” her spokeswoman said.

“The younger students didn’t understand. The elderly must have been really ashamed of themselves.’

Another critic who disapproved of the performance complained that “people are losing all idea of ​​what is decent and appropriate these days.”

For some parents, however, the dance was a welcome break from the usual routine.

Some critics found the performance

Some critics found the performance “inappropriate,” asking, “Did the dads put all their pocket money together to pay for this show?”

For some parents, however, the dance was a break from the usual routine.  'Everyone liked it,' said another parent

For some parents, however, the dance was a break from the usual routine. ‘Everyone liked it,’ said another parent

‘Why are some’ [people] so upset?” one of the parents asked, adding, “It’s much better to have a celebratory show than a military parade.”

“Everyone liked it,” said one mother.

“There was not a single word of bad or negative reaction. Everyone was delighted, the dancer was praised.

“It wasn’t tasteless entertainment. It was a dance that symbolized a bird, a message of never giving up to the children,’ the mother said.

The school has not commented on the performance and the identity of the teacher has not been reported.

Though not traditionally part of Russian culture, belly dancing has become popular in the country since foreign influences began to pour in after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Its popularity in Russia is so great that dancers there have even created a new style of the traditional Middle Eastern performance.

Known as Russian Oriental Belly Dance, it combines elements of Turkish and modern Egyptian styles of belly dance with a strong balletic influence.

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