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DA:NCE Newsletter – MAY 2020

What Do The Experts Say About Hypersexualization:

In 2020, alongside the coronavirus pandemic, the cultural media onslaught continues to give us the message that the hypersexualization of children is normal. However, in this new resource (Click Here To Watch), you can see and hear national experts dispute that conclusion.

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Guest Blogger:
Susan P. Lloyd, MA, Dance Educator

Hypersexualization, Hegemony and Me – Last October, I was on a flight from SFO to Miami, FL to present at the National Dance Educators’ Conference. I happened to sit next to Nancy Ng from the Luna Institute in Berkeley, California. She too, was on her way to the conference.  Ms. Ng asked the title of my presentation. With a hint of hesitation, I announced; Addressing Hypersexulatization in Collegiate Dance. To my surprise, Nancy expressed interest and shared the following story.

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Healthy Dance Studio

One of the goals of the DA:NCE is to highlight organizations we feel embody healthy dance. We are pleased to present: CENTER STAGE DANCE ACADEMY

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Guest Blogger:
By Kristen A. Jenson, M.A.: Founder of 

Is Your Child Being Groomed for Sexual Exploitation? – To raise girls who are empowered to value themselves as more than decorations, let’s be intentional about what they watch, wear and play with.

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NCOSE and Corona: DA:NCE Reflections
by Mary Bawden

The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) recently released a newsletter that featured DA:NCE. NCOSE is a wonderful organization that provides DA:NCE with support from personal interaction to the current health epidemic.

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2020 Sexualized Superbowl Halftime Show: What Does the Research Say?
by Mary Bawden

The Superbowl show wasn’t a display of female empowerment; it was a display showing the negative effects of cultural objectification fueled by the pornography industry. Seeing any kind of objectification provides children and adults with destructive role models to copy with equally destructive repercussions.

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DA:NCE Happenings…

Who knew that the world would close down and social distancing would be the norm in January 2020? Although it’s valid to say that this has been unexpected (see my April blog), I’ve been surprised by a silver lining. I may not see you in person but I’m connecting with dance educators in NDEO (National Dance Educators Organization), CDEA (California Dance Educator’s Association) and in One Inland Empire Art (a new group connecting arts organizations in the Inland Empire) in webinars and conferences. What a wonderful way to network!

Here’s a heads up about 2 upcoming events:

  1. DA:NCE is a proud sponsor of the NCOSE (National Center on Sexual Exploitation) Online Summit, July 22-28. The DA:NCE 20 minute film ‘Healthy or Harmful Children’s Dance: What do the Experts Think?’ will be presented. You can attend for FREE but you must register. Learn from top experts and participate in interactive groups from over 25+ countries. Don’t miss it!
  2. Supporting quality dance locally, DA:NCE is sponsoring State Street Ballet of Santa Barbara at the Redlands Bowl on August 7. Depending on national recommendations about corona at that time, this event might be done online instead of in person.

~ Mary

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