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.

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

Good or Bad, Healthy or Harmful: Experts Evaluate Outcomes in New PG & R DA:NCE Trailers

2020-09-23T23:58:21+00:00July 26th, 2020|Dance Awareness: No Child Exploited|

Dance Awareness: No Child Exploited has just released 2 short trailers that summarize the 20 minute film ‘Healthy or Harmful dance: What Do the Experts Say?’ The film is being featured at the 2020 online NCOSE Summit that educates adults to protect children from hypersexualization in adult costumes, choreography and music. The R trailer includes

New DA:NCE PowerPoint Calls Out the Injustice of Hypersexualization

2020-09-23T23:58:44+00:00June 26th, 2020|Dance Awareness: No Child Exploited|

The New DA:NCE Powerpoint- Healthy or Harmful: National Experts Talk About Dance. Justice: The quality of being just; fairness; decency; conformity to moral rightness in action or attitude (Dictionary). Informed choices make a difference. They can lead to justice. In light of the death of George Floyd, a difficult season has continued. Anytime

NCOSE and Corona: DA:NCE Reflections

2020-06-10T20:58:38+00:00April 24th, 2020|Dance Awareness: No Child Exploited, General/Personal|

Hi friends. Right now I’m ‘Singing in the Rain’ and I mean that literally. It’s raining outside. The pandemic we are experiencing has us all hunkered down at home. Because of that, I want to encourage you with some good news and then share several practical ways to adjust to sequestered life. This is the

Presenting a New DA:NCE Resource-‘Healthy or Harmful Children’s Dance: What Do the Experts Say About Hypersexualization?’

2020-06-10T20:59:30+00:00March 24th, 2020|Dance Awareness: No Child Exploited|

Do you have 20 minutes? It’s time for a showing of our new DA:NCE resource. Grab some pop-corn and educate yourself as you watch ‘Healthy or Harmful Children’s Dance: What Do the Experts say about Hypersexualization?’ It’s been quite a journey to produce an original resource for DA:NCE. Our staff has been working full-time since

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

2020-06-10T20:59:56+00:00February 14th, 2020|Dance Awareness: No Child Exploited|

“Over the past decade, the sexualisation of children has become a fiercely debated topic around the globe, with national inquiries recently conducted in the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom. We’ve also seen some spectacular retail fails. In 2006, UK chain store Tesco advertised a pole dancing kit in its toys and games section,

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