About marybawden

As a dance educator, Mary Bawden loves dance and its researched benefits. In 2016, she founded DA:NCE which advocates for the protection of children, from hypersexualization in adult costumes choreography and music, as well as the art form of dance. In 2003, she founded Soul to Sole Choreography which provides concrete tools for communicating the gospel using the language of movement. Mary lives in Redlands, CA with her husband Richard. She loves to create children’s books for her grandchildren, eat Snickers, and watch Dodger games.

CESE Summit: Healthy or Harmful: National Experts Talk About Children’s Dance

2021-08-27T22:23:05+00:00August 24th, 2021|Dance Awareness: No Child Exploited|

It happened slowly so I didn’t know it happened. I was 7 years old and everything was a blur. I thought that it was normal until the eye doctor tested my eyes and told my parents that I was almost legally blind. Perspective is everything. If you had asked me, I would have told you

Introducing ‘Wholesome to Hypersexualized: What Happened to Children’s Dance?’

2021-06-29T15:53:46+00:00June 25th, 2021|Dance Awareness: No Child Exploited|

So much to share. On June 12, 2021, DA:NCE released a new video resource titled ’Wholesome to Hypersexualized: What Happened to Children's Dance?' Perfect timing. 3 groups requested this resource when my schedule didn’t allow for me to speak to them personally. The film is 6 ½ minutes long and explains why I was called to

DA:NCE releases a new website resource: ‘Internet Sense First: Online Protection for Dance Students’

2021-04-22T21:28:12+00:00April 22nd, 2021|Dance Awareness: No Child Exploited|

It's a privilege to introduce you to Internet Sense First, an organization designed to educate and certify parents with online protection for children. Watch the new DA:NCE resource with Internet Sense First that we just posted on our website with Canadian Author and Founder/CEO Charlene Doak-Gebauer; we have created this film to understand the correlation

State CAHPERD Conference features ‘Healthy or Harmful Dance’ + Hip-Hop + Grammys

2021-04-09T16:32:22+00:00March 27th, 2021|Dance Awareness: No Child Exploited|

I’ve had a month of going back to school. It was exciting to speak on ‘Healthy or Harmful Dance: What Do the Experts Say?’ at the online California Health Physical Education Recreation and Dance State  Conference. CAHPERD is a state affiliate of SHAPE (Society of Health and Physical Educators) which is a national educator organization.

What Do the Experts Say: DA:NCE releases 25 Short Media Spots

2021-02-24T19:05:10+00:00February 23rd, 2021|Dance Awareness: No Child Exploited|

“The ballet, tap, and musical theatre items were impressive but, about halfway through the program, I found myself watching two 8-year-old girls strut around the stage. Their tight tops and low-waisted short skirts exposed them from ribs to hips. They ran their hands suggestively over a young boy’s shoulders and wiggled their hips as he

Healthy DA:NCE Combinations: A new DA:NCE Website & ‘What’s the Pointe’

2020-11-28T20:20:36+00:00November 24th, 2020|Dance Awareness: No Child Exploited|

Hi friends! Before I ‘move on’ to Mansion Memories and the DA:NCE sponsorship of ‘What’s the Pointe?’, I have important news. DA:NCE has a new website!!! It’s different, it’s bigger, and it’s better. We reached this decision because DA:NCE materials were crowded on soultosolechoreography.org. Voila: danceawareness.com.  Check it out: Who We Are: Background Information, Mission

Deeper than Disturbing: A Critical Dive into ‘Cuties’

2020-10-20T17:11:33+00:00October 19th, 2020|Dance Awareness: No Child Exploited|

I saw the 'Cuties' trailer before the film was released and then I saw the film myself. What did I think? It was far worse than I thought it would be. Deeper than disturbing. Here's a section from the original article I wrote: "The hypersexualization of children in adult costumes, choreography and music divorces sex

2020 Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation iSummit connects DA:NCE internationally

2020-09-28T03:56:50+00:00August 24th, 2020|Dance Awareness: No Child Exploited|

An online Summit? My first one. I’m talking about the Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation (CESE) Summit from July 18-28. Almost 20,000 attendees from countries all over the world. ‘Healthy or Harmful Dance: What Do the Experts Say?’ was featured daily during the conference. Here’s an example of what one speaker (that I didn’t know before

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