DA:NCE (sexualization of children in dance)

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Portraying innocence: Introducing the child we represent in DA:NCE

We are continuing to film our new resource. In June we interviewed many national experts about hypersexualization in children’s dance. Let me name just a few: Dr. John Foubert, Dr. Donna Hughes, Dr. Walter DeKeseredy, Dr. Sandra Morgan, Dr. Celina Pina Shemo, Dr. Laura Clark, Dr. Don Hilton, Dr. Brook Parker-Bello, and many more. Now we plan to include the most important person in our new DA:NCE resource: the child who deserves our support, our love and our protection. In the film we are producing, one child will serve as the symbol for innocence: a child who needs to be protected from adult costumes, choreography and music. She is a little girl who loves to dance. She’s real. What a [...]

By |2019-10-01T11:20:23-07:00September 30th, 2019|

New Media Resources for DA:NCE: Coming Soon

I’ve had a wonderful summer that has raced by. In June, I flew to Washington DC to attend the National NCOSE (National Center on Sexual Exploitation) Conference and got a great response from leaders to film their observations about hypersexualization in children’s dance. In July, I taped 10 radio spots for national release through Westar Media, wrote an article about hypersexualized dance in our local paper and completed the necessary resources for the fall DA:NCE Newsletter.  When the newsletter comes out in September 2019, expect some wonderful articles from dance educators (Dr. Judith Hanna and Dance Professor Lisa Long of Cal State Fullerton), as well as another recommendation for a healthy dance studio that allows children to develop with age-appropriate [...]

By |2019-09-02T12:20:46-07:00August 23rd, 2019|

Westar Radio airs DA:NCE

Remember what happened at the 2019 NCOSE (National Conference on Sexual Exploitation) Conference in Washington DC? DA:NCE was privileged to film numerous 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 additional [...]

By |2019-08-25T18:44:48-07:00July 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 expert leaders and researchers about their observations and personal experiences articulating the [...]

By |2019-08-25T18:43:58-07:00June 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|

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|

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|

Gobble, gobble, gobble: Dance Coalition Newsletter

Gobble, gobble, gobble!  Ps 118:1  "Give thanks to the Lord for he is good; his love endures forever." I can’t believe that November is already here. It’s turkey time and I’m getting ready to host my extended family at the annual Thanksgiving feast in 2018. Through the years, I’ve enjoyed a lot of memories around this holiday. Here's a gobble, gobble idea: I make homemade gingerbread turkey cookies and have different icing colors available for each person to decorate  their individual table place card. After dinner, everyone eats their place card. At the gathering, my husband and I also oversee a gobbling contest that ends as everyone shares their personal expression of thanks for the year. This year I give [...]

By |2018-11-03T10:07:11-07:00November 2nd, 2018|