Dance Studios & Children: 3 Survivors Speak About Hypersexualization

2023-03-27T16:41:52+00:00March 28th, 2023|Dance Awareness: No Child Exploited|

Are you part of ‘the grumble’? That’s somebody who distances him/herself from a cultural or personal trend that is uncomfortable. SILENT THOUGHTS: Maybe the problem will go away? Maybe we can solve it without addressing it? Many adults don’t see what’s happening to children’s dance because of the creeping internet and media connection to pornography;

A Gift of Goodness: the CESE Summit

2023-03-15T03:07:13+00:00December 20th, 2022|Christmas, Dance Awareness: No Child Exploited|

I am lucky. It’s Christmas time year ‘round. So many ongoing gifts of goodness. I love presents. I spotted my first gift in 2013 at the inaugural CESE(Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation) Summit in Washington DC. The Summit is sponsored by  NCOSE (National Center on Sexual Exploitation) and it is an amazing experience. There are countless

AND THEN…. A Personal Invitation for ‘She Loves to Move’

2023-02-13T19:19:27+00:00October 25th, 2022|Dance Awareness: No Child Exploited|

It’s time to restore the wonder of childhood dance! "DA:NCE Awareness invites everyone - from choreographers and dance studios to individuals, families and groups of any size - to choreograph the song ‘She Loves to Move’. Help us celebrate healthy, age-appropriate children’s dance all around the world! It's easy:  1. Download the song ‘She Loves

Dance and the Child International Conference(daCi) 2022

2023-02-13T19:20:20+00:00July 25th, 2022|Benefits of Dance, Dance Awareness: No Child Exploited|

I consistently say that the solution to harmful dance is healthy dance. Today is special because I get to back up that claim and introduce you to a wonderful dance organization: daCi(dance for the child international)! The 2022 daCi conference, organized by Norma Sue Fisher-Stitt of York University Canada and Nancy Francis of Brock University

‘Share Your DA:NCE Story’ Interviews Begin

2023-02-13T19:20:25+00:00June 25th, 2022|Dance Awareness: No Child Exploited|

Several weeks ago an article came out on several news outlets about current abuse in children’s dance.  I'd advise you to get some tissues out while you take a few minutes to read it. It's awful. This was my response to the article on social media: “Break The Floor Productions, a Los Angeles dance industry

A History of DA:NCE: healthy, educational children’s dance to harmful, hypersexualized children’s dance

2024-06-11T17:55:15+00:00February 24th, 2022|Dance Awareness: No Child Exploited|

“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.” Mary Bawden was a little girl who wanted to dance. I dreamed about it. All the time. I begged my mother for lessons. All the time.

Voices Against Trafficking Releases First Book

2023-02-13T19:21:57+00:00December 26th, 2021|Dance Awareness: No Child Exploited|

Impeccable Research, Moving Testimonials, A Powerful Call for Collective Action Washington, DC.  Voices Against Trafficking – The Strength of Many Voices Speaking As One compiles insights, stories, and frontline knowledge from trafficking survivors, human rights advocates, and journalists.  Every chapter provides essential truths and advice that affirm a collective community can defeat the rising tide

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