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.

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

2023-02-13T19:27:17+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,

Sneak Peek: ‘Healthy or Harmful Children’s Dance: What Do the Experts Say About Hypersexualization?’

2023-02-13T19:27:39+00:00November 25th, 2019|Dance Awareness: No Child Exploited|

It’s November 2019. Thanksgiving is a wonderful month that allows me to take time to reflect over many blessings for DA:NCE! I am so thankful! We have captured national experts on film with solid information as to why hypersexualized children’s dance is harmful. On the other hand, we have also captured expert thoughts on healthy,

Why are we doing this to children?

2023-02-13T19:27:44+00:00October 26th, 2019|Dance Awareness: No Child Exploited|

In the yet unreleased opening of ‘Harmful or Healthy Children's Dance: What do the Experts say about hypersexualization?’ Kristen Jenson shares her heart with a profound question: ‘Why are we doing this to children?'She is the founder of Protect Young Minds™ and best-selling author of Good Pictures Bad Pictures: Porn-Proofing Today’s Young Kids as well

Portraying innocence: Introducing the child we represent in DA:NCE

2023-02-13T19:28:12+00:00September 30th, 2019|Dance Awareness: No Child Exploited|

We are continuing to film our new resource. In June we interviewed many national experts about hypersexualization in children’s dance. Let me name just a few: Dr. John Foubert, Dr. Donna Hughes, Dr. Walter DeKeseredy, Dr. Sandra Morgan, Dr. Celina Pina Shemo, Dr. Laura Clark, Dr. Don Hilton, Dr. Brook Parker-Bello, and many more. Now

New Media Resources for DA:NCE: Coming Soon

2023-02-13T19:28:37+00:00August 23rd, 2019|Dance Awareness: No Child Exploited|

I’ve had a wonderful summer that has raced by. In June, I flew to Washington DC to attend the National NCOSE (National Center on Sexual Exploitation) Conference and got a great response from leaders to film their observations about hypersexualization in children’s dance. In July, I taped 10 radio spots for national release through Westar

Westar Radio airs DA:NCE

2023-02-13T19:28:42+00:00July 29th, 2019|Dance Awareness: No Child Exploited, Featured Dance Studio|

Remember what happened at the 2019 NCOSE (National Conference on Sexual Exploitation) Conference in Washington DC? DA:NCE was privileged to film numerous amazing interviews from leaders in the field about why hypersexualization in dance harms children. As I write this blog, the DA:NCE Team is working diligently to release a new video resource using NCOSE

The Experts join the Conversation

2023-02-13T19:28:47+00:00June 27th, 2019|Dance Awareness: No Child Exploited|

  The 5th annual End Exploitation Global Summit was held in Washington DC from June 12-15, 2019. The gathering attracted over 625 experts from all over the world to speak on the issue of sexual exploitation and its inter-relationship to sex trafficking, pornography, prostitution, child sexual abuse, violence against women, sexual assault & violence, sexualization

‘Coffee and Conversation’ at Cal State Fullerton

2023-02-13T19:29:30+00:00March 23rd, 2019|Choreography, Dance Awareness: No Child Exploited|

“In an art form that is ripe for play, creativity, and imagination, as an industry and society we are settling for selling our girls’ childhood to the lowest common denominator.” Elizabeth Gough Schultz, Master of Fine Arts in Dance, UCIrvine When I spoke at 'Coffee and Conversation' 2 weeks ago,  I addressed the lowest common

CAHPERD: Cultural Trends

2023-02-13T19:29:36+00:00February 28th, 2019|Benefits of Dance, Dance Awareness: No Child Exploited|

  It was a joy to attend and speak in Anaheim at the 2019 CAHPERD(California Health Physical Education Recreation and Dance) Conference. Their educational foundation emphasized current cultural trends about the importance of body health. That provoked me to think about an LA Times article from August 19, 2018 that I read last summer which

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