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Westar Radio airs DA:NCE

Remember what happened at the June 2019 NCOSE (National Conference on Sexual Exploitation) Conference in Washington DC? DA:NCE was privileged to film 50 amazing interviews from leaders in the field about why hypersexualization in dance harms children. As I write this blog, the DA:NCE Team is working diligently to release a new video resource using NCOSE experts that will expose the difference between healthy and harmful children's dance; hopefully, it will empower adults to speak up and protect children. You can look forward to reading more about that topic in August. What about July 2019? Well, it’s Westar Media. I’ve just completed 5 public service announcements (PSA) for Christian radio that are scheduled to go out in August with 5 [...]

By |2019-08-09T09:21:28-07:00July 29th, 2019|

The Experts join the Conversation

  The 5th annual End Exploitation Global Summit was held in Washington DC from June 12-15, 2019. The gathering attracted over 625 experts from all over the world to speak on the issue of sexual exploitation and its inter-relationship to sex trafficking, pornography, prostitution, child sexual abuse, violence against women, sexual assault & violence, sexualization of children, sexual addiction & compulsivity, violence against women, child pornography, and male and female objectification. Although I spoke briefly at the conference, I flew there with film-maker Neal Thibedeau with a clear focus: to film remarks about healthy versus harmful dance from experts in the field. While there, we captured comments from over 50 leaders and researchers about their observations and personal experiences articulating [...]

By |2019-06-29T13:12:47-07:00June 27th, 2019|

The Eric Metaxas Show DA:NCE Interview

Listen to Mary’s interview on The Eric Metaxas Show at the NRB Conference. The topic was on the hypersexualization of children in dance with adult costumes, choreography, and music.   Your browser does not support the audio element. * Trouble loading the audio? Click Here to download .MP3 Eric Metaxas is the author of the New York Times #1 Bestseller, Bonhoeffer:  Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy.  Named  “Book of the Year” by the ECPA, Bonhoefferalso won the 2011 John C. Pollock Award for Biography awarded by Beeson Divinity School and a 2011 Christopher Award in the Non-fiction category.  Called a “biography of uncommon power,” Bonhoeffer appeared on numerous 2010 “Best of the Year” lists and was featured in the Wall Street Journal,Publishers Weekly, The New Republic, Harper’s, Kirkus (starred [...]

By |2019-07-08T15:24:00-07:00May 23rd, 2019|

Hypersexualization of Girls: A Growing Problem

The hypersexualization of women in our Western world has a long, prevalent and unfortunate history.  Sadly, in fact, it is not difficult to verify the tragic pattern of this exploitation.  According to a plethora of research on this topic, the evidence that women are sexualized in print and television advertisements, music videos, video games and the Internet is undeniable (Gow, 1996; Grauerholz & King, 1997; Krassas, Blauwkamp, & Wesselink, 2001).  When discussing the topic of “Sexualization” we need to have a clear definition of what the term “Sexualization” means.  According to the American Psychological Association (APA), sexualization occurs when, “ A person’s value comes from his or her sexual appeal or behavior, to the exclusion of other characteristics; A person [...]

By |2019-05-17T22:41:23-07:00May 17th, 2019|

The Wooden Floor

One of the goals of the DA:NCE is to highlight dance organizations we feel embody healthy dance. We are pleased to present: THE WOODEN FLOOR At The Wooden Floor, we love dance. It’s powerful. It has the ability to encourage our youth to think differently about themselves, to push through obstacles, and emerge as strong and confident leaders. It’s why our students call us their second home, why on the dance floor they feel supported, able to embody who they really are. It’s why, when strategically integrated with our academic, college and career readiness, and family services, 100 percent of our graduates do what less than half of their socioeconomic peers have done—finish high school on time and immediately enroll [...]

By |2019-05-23T20:23:59-07:00May 17th, 2019|

Join the Conversation

Can I encourage you to join the conversation about DA:NCE? We continue to work hard to educate the public about the damaging effects of hypersexualized children’s dance. I am so appreciative of your support of our work and the energy you bring to this important issue. I wanted to let you know we recently released a new video called ‘Coffee and Conversation’ that you may find motivating to share. It is a short and sweet 45-second teaser inviting adults to join the conversation around the hypersexualization of children in dance. We need to get this message in front of as many people as possible in order to educate and raise awareness around this issue. Can you help us share it? [...]

By |2019-05-23T20:29:09-07:00April 19th, 2019|

‘Coffee and Conversation’ at Cal State Fullerton

“In an art form that is ripe for play, creativity, and imagination, as an industry and society we are settling for selling our girls’ childhood to the lowest common denominator.” Elizabeth Gough Schultz, Master of Fine Arts in Dance, UCIrvine When I spoke at 'Coffee and Conversation' 2 weeks ago,  I addressed the lowest common denominator in children’s dance: hypersexualized choreography;  during that time, I also discussed a partial definition of harmful choreography developed by YPAD(youth protection advocates in dance): • Any sexually suggestive movements such as twerking, “booty pops”, lip licking, finger licking, and breast or groin stroking, patting or pointing towards breast or genitalia, lip pouting, or winks that promote a sexual tone. • Mimic obscene gestures, drug [...]

By |2019-04-22T16:17:52-07:00March 23rd, 2019|

CAHPERD: Cultural Trends

  It was a joy to attend and speak in Anaheim at the 2019 CAHPERD(California Health Physical Education Recreation and Dance) Conference. Their educational foundation emphasized current cultural trends about the importance of body health. That provoked me to think about an LA Times article from August 19, 2018 that I read last summer which discussed how adult professionals can easily stray from healthy standards of care. It’s a difficult but timely article. From USA gymnastics to churches and dance studios who cover up sexual abuse, it is important for institutions to call out and resist cultural trends that are unhealthy.  “If that tone is set well and is healthy, then the system will be healthy. You have to have [...]

By |2019-05-23T21:15:55-07:00February 28th, 2019|

How to DANCE

How to DANCE? Go to a CDEA (California Dance Educators Association) conference to enjoy incredible expertise about ‘How to DA:NCE(you know Dance Awareness: no child exploited)’. In January I spoke at UC Fullerton for the 2019 State Conference and was welcomed by teachers who love dance and who love their students. From the opening with Co-Presidents Nicole Robinson and Kim Hoj to the closing session at the end of the day, the day was flooded with opportunities to learn about ‘How to DANCE’. Let me list a few of the offerings there: Masterclasses in the Responsive Body, Movement Matching through Dancefilm, Refreshing your Musicality, Dance Advocacy, Jazz, Salsa, Body to Body Transfer, and Ensemble Thinking. Wonderful Teaching & engagement with [...]

By |2019-05-23T21:19:11-07:00January 24th, 2019|

Where Is Mary Speaking Next? – spring speaking schedule

Where Is Mary Speaking Next? January 12 at Cal State Fullerton for CDEA State Conference(California Dance Educator's Association) February 19 at the Kiwanis Club of Redlands February 21-23 at the Hyatt Regency Orange County in Garden Grove for CAHPERD (California Health Physical Education Recreation and Dance) Click Here to invite Mary to speak to your organization.

By |2019-01-10T14:55:27-07:00January 10th, 2019|