Body Positivity In The Dance Class Comes To California!

So guys, I've been a little busy. I talk about what, exactly, I've been up to in this video, but I took a little trip to California, both for work and pleasure, and while I was there I had the wonderful opportunity to work with some of the amazing dancers at San Domenico school in San Anselmo.

This gorgeous school is located on a lush 500 acres, and is the oldest independent coed school to California, and they have an amazing arts program. Dance is offered both as an elective and as an area of more specific study, and I was invited to teach Master Classes to both sets of students.

I was super excited to be able to cover some of the material in my Body Positivity and Empowerment class, and had some light bulb moments as I shared my work with the students. Here are some of my big takeaways:

  • Pre-teens and Teens are WOKE when it comes to issues surrounding body diversity, cultural (un)norms and expectations.
  • They want to see and help make changes not only to the world, but within themselves as well.
  • They're beautiful, open sponges.
Trying out muscle testing...

Trying out muscle testing...

minds blown by the results :) 

minds blown by the results :) 

The students that I spoke with nodded in agreement and acknowledgment that being a dancer can be extra hard on your self-esteem, and our conversation about both feeling as though we're too much and not enough in the dance classroom can leave us feeling isolated at times.

These girls were ready and willing to jump in, try new things, and laugh. The muscle testing exercise we did was a huge hit!

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They also loved making affirmation and growth mindset cards to post around their dance studio. I got all warm and fuzzy when they commented that they wanted to put them up so people could see them when they needed a kind word.

I was so impressed with these dancers, and so honored to be able to work with them on a topic that's near and dear to me. If you're interested in learning more about bringing body positivity to your school, I'd love to talk with you more! You can also get more info here, and I'd love to connect with you on social media to dive even deeper. Happy dancing!