A Dance Educator Speaks…

2022-01-10T16:34:43+00:00December 26th, 2021|Guest Blogger|

I have been coaching youth and young adults in the areas of Gymnastics, Cheerleading and Dance for the past 20 years. I have a degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Pedagogy, and Masters in Teacher Leadership and Development. I have worked in various different socioeconomic groups as well as a variety of inner-city youth

Around the World with Confidance

2021-12-24T22:52:59+00:00December 24th, 2021|Guest Blogger|

One of the beautiful things about dance is its universality. I’ve had the incredible opportunity over the years to teach dance lessons, formally and spontaneously, all around the world: Italy, Spain, England, Singapore, the Philippines, Egypt, Israel, South Africa. It doesn’t matter where one goes, there’s a certain joy that dance brings out in people

Navigating Hyper-sexualization and Abuse Through the Male Gaze

2021-09-19T03:21:22+00:00September 19th, 2021|Guest Blogger|

*Trigger Warning: This article discusses themes of Child Abuse* There are very few experiences in this life that stimulate the mind, body, and soul in the way that dancing does. Dance has the unique ability to speak in a way that words cannot, and impact us on a deeper emotional and spiritual level. Anyone who

A Pedophile’s Dream

2021-09-19T03:15:18+00:00September 19th, 2021|Guest Blogger|

Exactly a year ago, well into a pandemic that unleashed a spike in child sex abuse, Netflix released the film Cuties. The storyline centered on an 11-year-old Senegalese girl living in France who, like all preteens, struggles in defining her own identity while desperately seeking acceptance from her peers; in this case, a group of

The 2021 Grammy Awards Performance and the Sexualization of Children

2021-10-26T02:29:50+00:00May 10th, 2021|Guest Blogger|

This is a post-truth era. We are living in a time where the idea of absolute morality is no longer in question. We are living in a time where individual autonomy reigns – whatever the viewpoint, whatever the circumstance. We live in a culture where what is right is defined by doing what feels right.

What Non-Corporate, Non-Commercial, Non-Competitive Dance means for Children and the Adult Dancers they will Become

2021-01-29T04:37:41+00:00January 17th, 2021|Guest Blogger|

By Kristin Kusanovich, Senior Lecturer, Santa Clara University, Artistic Director, k2dance, San Jose, Past President CDEA, California Dance Education Association When I was volunteering at a carnival at my daughter’s school a couple of years ago, I found myself with time and space to think. I was stationed at the dessert booth with a great

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