I was at the Green Bay Holiday Dance Classic today at the Brown County Veterans Memorial Arena in Green Bay. I was there to watch the West De Pere Pom & Dance team, where my youngest daughter dances and my oldest daughter coaches.
The event began with the national anthem. The announcer had intended to play it over the P.A. system, but had some kind of problem. So he simply said, “why don’t we all sing the national anthem?” So we did.
Now, first, I don’t understand why this was so much of a shock. Everyone in attendance should have expected to sing the national anthem anyway. So the announcer got us started, and the crowd continued singing. What happened next was absolutely disgraceful.
Dancers all over the arena started singing in goofy voices, laughing and giggling throughout the entire song. The dancers sitting right behind us even sang the wrong words! Really. It was like it was one big joke. There was one dance team, wearing red and black pom uniforms with a diagonal white stripe across the front, who were the most disrespectful. They all sat together as a team, across the arena from us, and they were having fun, jumping around, laughing and singing in a mocking manner. I don’t know what school they were from, but they don’t deserve their freedom to dance. (I’ll be at more competitions this year, and when I see that uniform, I’ll know who they were and I’ll add a comment to this post.)
Everyone heard it. Everyone saw it. It was horrible. What’s worse is that not many other people there seemed to be as surprised or disgusted as I was. I tweeted about it, and another dad there did the same. But the event went on as if nothing happened.
I fully expect that the officials of this dance competition will be in contact with the dance team coaches about the incident. Someone needs to teach these young women a small lesson about respect and sacrifice. And if the officials of the Green Bay Holiday Dance Classic don’t care, then they should be ashamed of themselves.