Around the World with Confidance

2023-02-13T19:22:21+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

2023-02-13T19:23:00+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

2023-02-13T19:23:05+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

2023-02-13T19:23:42+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

2023-02-13T19:24:22+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

Language of Dance® – A Conceptual and Pedagogical Framework to develop whole-child learning in and through dance

2023-02-13T19:25:11+00:00September 9th, 2020|Guest Blogger|

by Susan Gingrasso, MA, CMA, LOD Teacher Trainer Associate Director of the LODC What if children had an “alphabet” of movement concepts to explore, experience, and build their understanding of themselves as movers, as creators? What if this “alphabet” guided children to think, do, and feel their own movement fully – to develop their ownership

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