Mary Bawden received a BA in modern dance from UCRiverside, a MA from Hope University in Fullerton CA, and a California secondary teaching credential. In 2016, after leading a dance ministry at Trinity E Free Church in Redlands CA for over 20 years, she released a book on dance ministry titled “Dance is Prayer in Motion”. Recently, Mary has noticed that the culture around children’s dance has moved towards an unhealthy, harmful trend – the hypersexualization of children under 12 in adult costumes, choreography and music. That focus translates into a desire to advocate for healthy, age-appropriate, educational materials to protect children and preserve the art of dance. That has led her to found DA:NCE (dance awareness: no child exploited). Join the conversation at danceawareness.com.