Permission to Take Up Space: Finding Beauty Through Dance

As I got older, my relationship with my body changed. I internalized the subtle message that as a woman I should quietly take up as little space as possible. These thoughts changed how I moved, and dance became a self-conscious, self-critical experience, which was a bigger reflection on how I lived life and viewed myself within it. ...more

Hola Claudia,
Thanks so much for the comments! I'm really happy to hear that in recent times, ... more

"Fat" Ballerinas & The Black Swan Diet: Don't Let The Times Set the Tone

He seems to think his hands are tied, it's just the way ballet is, it's not his fault Ringer doesn't look the way he wants her to. Okay, Macaulay. You're right. Ballerinas should be skeletal or their art is not worth watching. And basketball players have to be eight feet tall and writers should be old white men and musicians should never, ever be deaf. Poor Macaulay, you see, he's just doing his job. ...more

Rita!
YES! Thank you so much for writing this important piece! Isn't interesting that ... more

Permission to Take Up Space: Finding Beauty Through Dance

As I got older, my relationship with my body changed. I internalized the subtle message that as a woman I should quietly take up as little space as possible. These thoughts changed how I moved, and dance became a self-conscious, self-critical experience, which was a bigger reflection on how I lived life and viewed myself within it. ...more

Thanks so much for sharing! YES, we need to reclaim our space! I also really like your line ... more

Permission to Take Up Space: Finding Beauty Through Dance

As I got older, my relationship with my body changed. I internalized the subtle message that as a woman I should quietly take up as little space as possible. These thoughts changed how I moved, and dance became a self-conscious, self-critical experience, which was a bigger reflection on how I lived life and viewed myself within it. ...more

Hi Jory!
Thanks for sharing! I totally understand that adult transition. I'm glad parties get ... more

Permission to Take Up Space: Finding Beauty Through Dance

As I got older, my relationship with my body changed. I internalized the subtle message that as a woman I should quietly take up as little space as possible. These thoughts changed how I moved, and dance became a self-conscious, self-critical experience, which was a bigger reflection on how I lived life and viewed myself within it. ...more

Hi Melissa,
Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts! So happy to hear that your daughter is ... more