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Healthy Versus Harmful Dance Environments: Stopping Harm and Supporting Joy Through Effective Challenges

2023-09-27T22:00:00+00:00September 27th, 2023|Guest Blogger|

Guest Article: Erin Sanchez How can we ensure as teachers that we create healthy environments for young dancers who want to dance as a professional career? I believe that all of us who are working with dancers have a responsibility to create environments that will not only protect them from harm but will also give

DA:NCE Newsletter – May 2023

2023-05-30T02:41:33+00:00May 30th, 2023|DA:NCE Newsletter|

DA:NCE Newsletter - May 2023 Time is running out!  Our deadline for $5,000 Call for Choreography Challenge is June 30Today, we want to introduce you to Marlita Hill, a dance educator who will be selecting the winner of our Choreography Challenge. Click Here to take a look at this video featuring Mary Bawden and Marlita Hill. Want

Stage Door Dance Productions

2023-05-25T04:49:41+00:00May 25th, 2023|Featured Dance Studio|

Stage Door Dance Productions is dedicated to age-appropriate dance in Raleigh, North Carolina. They seek to encourage their dancers with instruction in technique, choreography and performance embedded in an environment of community and character.  They offer a full schedule of classes in ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, acrobatics, acting, and musical theatre for children aged

How Upholding and Teaching a Comprehensive Understanding of Consent Protects Our Children from Coercion and Exploitation

2023-05-24T05:21:08+00:00May 24th, 2023|Guest Blogger|

“It changed; this is what you are wearing now” the assistant said… “It was me, by myself. I had no one to advocate for me… So, I cleaned myself up, wiped away my tears and went out and did a show” (Chand, 2021). Consent. It is a concept that has always been and continues to

Healthy vs. Harmful Children’s Dance

2023-05-24T04:52:22+00:00May 24th, 2023|Dance Awareness: No Child Exploited, Guest Blogger|

At the Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation USA (NCOSE) 2021 Conference, Mary Bawden, Founder of DA:NCE, presented a talk called ‘Healthy or Harmful Dance: What Do the Experts Say About Hypersexualization?’ At the 2022 Conference, Mary Bawden spoke on a panel about ‘Wholesome to Hypersexualized: What Happened to Children’s Dance’.  Our friends at NCOSE generously

DA:NCE Newsletter – January 2023

2023-05-30T02:43:03+00:00January 25th, 2023|DA:NCE Newsletter|

DA:NCE Newsletter - January 2023 Now Accepting Submissions: $5,000 Call for Choreography ChallengeIn our last newsletter, we announced the launch of our international call for choreography. Today, we want to remind you that submissions are now being accepted! Our goal with this project is simple: Restore the wonder of children's dance! The art of children's

From “Pretty in Pink” to Provocative Posing: Looking at Sexualization of Young Dancers from Multiple Perspectives

2023-02-13T19:18:51+00:00January 18th, 2023|Guest Blogger|

I started dancing at the age of four in the 1970s and I have been a dance educator since 1991. Becoming a parent of young dancers in the early 2000s allowed me to revisit the dance studio environment with new insight and inspired me to conduct research on contemporary trends in dance training for children


2023-02-13T19:18:57+00:00January 18th, 2023|Featured Dance Studio|

Dance for Joy Ministries is a thriving non-profit organization that offers dance studio classes for children in ballet, jazz, hip-hop, modern, tap, musical theatre, expression worship and banners, strengthening and conditioning, and choreography. They even offer a tap dance class for adults. Their vision is: Transforming the lives of dancers and all who see them

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