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

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

The Danger of “Stranger Danger” – How to Holistically Protect Your Kids Online

2023-02-13T19:19:47+00:00September 27th, 2022|Guest Blogger|

My first in-depth experience with the internet began at 13 years old. For years I would watch my friends play online games and I was annoyed with my parents for not allowing it until I was mature enough. But finally, they said yes to a free game online and sat me down to lay some

A Personal Story of Hypersexualized Dance and Self-Objectification by Jaime Logan

2023-02-13T19:20:14+00:00August 29th, 2022|Guest Blogger|

This article is dedicated to the girls who haven’t had a chance to know better.  “My job required one thing of me, to be an object for arousal and consumption. I started dancing my heart out in the studio, but I ended up coddling the fancies of a stranger bent on using me as an

Purpose Driven Dance

2023-02-13T19:20:36+00:00May 24th, 2022|Guest Blogger|

From my earliest memories, dance has been a source of great joy and delight for me.  My parents enjoyed ballroom dancing and so they were happy to encourage my interest.  I began to dance at about 5 years of age and continued taking ballet, jazz and tap classes through college. Besides being enjoyable, dance became

Unregulated VS Educated

2023-02-13T19:20:46+00:00May 22nd, 2022|Guest Blogger|

Training dancers is a responsibility and a privilege. Our industry is an unregulated one at the moment, but that doesn’t mean we have to be uneducated. Dance is magical and as teachers we are entrusted with the huge responsibility to nurture and train a wide range of vulnerable children. Just because we don’t physically harm

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