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Regarding "The Dance Competition" (Nov. 11):

One of the most blatant public displays of sexism I've ever witnessed occurred at my daughter's first dance recital. I sat in a high school auditorium full of parents, relatives and friends of the children, but I felt like I was in a striptease bar. Catcalls and whistles directed at adolescent girls dancing jazz numbers completely trivialized 10 months of hard work.

Directors of dance schools, please select costumes and musical numbers appropriate for children. More importantly, please announce both verbally and in the program that interruptions and sexist responses will not be tolerated.

Our daughters and sons dance for many reasons -- fun, exercise, companionship, even appreciation of the art form -- but never to be treated as sex objects.

Sharon A. Green

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