DA:NCE Newsletter – May 2022
Introducing ‘She Loves to Move’ an Original Song for DA:NCE
Steve SilerOne of my favorite pictures of my daughter was taken at a dance studio when she was four years old. She is wearing a black leotard with a short green ballet skirt. Her little arms are reaching as high as they can go. Someone has told her to smile and she is doing her best to show all of her teeth. It is an image of pure childhood joy.
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Guest Blogger: 
Tina SparksUnregulated VS Educated: Training dancers is a responsibility and a privilege. Our industry is an unregulated one at the moment, but that doesn’t mean we have to be uneducated. Dance is magical and as teachers, we are entrusted with the huge responsibility to nurture and train a wide range of vulnerable children.
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It’s About Time: DA:NCE attends CAHPERD & NRB Conferences In Person

Mary BawdenThe CAHPERD (California Health Physical Education, Recreation and Dance) and NRB (National Religious Broadcasters) conferences were more than good. DA:NCE had an incredible response to our presentations, exhibits, and interviews. The best ever. And it was in person for the first time in 2 years.
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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: Texarkana Dance Academy, located in Wake Village, Texas.

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Guest Blogger:
Donna FitzpatrickFrom my earliest memories, dance has been a source of great joy and delight for me.  My parents enjoyed ballroom dancing and so they were happy to encourage my interest.  I began to dance at about 5 years of age and continued taking ballet, jazz and tap classes through college
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A History of DA:NCE: healthy, educational children’s dance to harmful, hypersexualized children’s dance
Mary Bawden“There has been a cultural shift from healthy, educational children’s dance to harmful, hypersexualized children’s dance at younger and younger ages. The art of children’s dance has been high-jacked.”
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DA:NCE Happenings:
Mary Bawden Speaking Dates:

  1. July 10-15, 2022 – daCi (dance and the Child international) International Conference Promoting the growth and development of dance for children and young people internationally
  2. August 20, 2022 – Main speaker at ‘Project Safe Haven’
  3. September 13-17, 2022 – CESE Summit (Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation)

Mary was interviewed by Epoch Times TV on May 14, 2022, while attending Shen Yun dance and music presentation.

Mega dance company bred culture of sex, silence, dancers say

Recent development in children’s dance with Mary’s response:

“Break The Floor Productions, a Los Angeles dance industry powerhouse, breaks my heart. Young dance students are groomed for sexual abuse and silence. Afterward, their dreams are tossed away by adult predators who move onto the next victim. Until caring adults unite to stop the explosion of sexual abuse in children’s dance, the joy of age-appropriate, healthy dance cannot shine.” ~ Mary Bawden

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Our Share Your DA:NCE Story campaign continues, and we’d love to include your voice! If you took dance lessons as a child and had a negative experience, we need to hear from you. Your first-hand account allows us to expose the damaging effects of childhood hypersexualized dance and open the eyes of parents, dance teachers, and studio owners through education and awareness.
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