If you’ve been thinking about taking dance classes of any type, if it calls out to you, or even if you’re just a little bit curious, please don’t deny yourself the chance because you think you’re too big. I’m not saying you’ll never run into people who will judge you, but ignore them- this is about YOU, not them. And a GOOD studio will never judge you. A GOOD teacher will care more about your growth as a dancer and your interest in learning than in the size of your stomach or thighs. I guarantee you that your classmates are more concerned about themselves during class than how you look in a pair of skin tight yoga pants. Also know that no matter what you’re wearing, rest assured you’re completely rocking it. Class is not a fashion show. Everyone is there to dance, reguardless of size. The moment you walk through those doors, you are a dancer. Even if it’s only for an hour a week.
Dictionary.com defines a dancer as the following:
danc·er[dan-ser, dahn-] Show IPA
Do you see a mention of size anywhere in there? I’m not talking about being a professional here. I’m taking about dancing because YOU want to. So many beautifully confident people who break the boundaries of what is expected of larger people are still hesitant when it comes to dance. If you pay attention to the media, you’d think it was illegal for people of size to do so much as a single pirouette. But I’ve got a secret for you: fat dancers DO exist. There are more of us out there than you realize. Go down to your local studio. Especially in adult classes, you’d be surprised to see the variation of body types. If you think the only people allowed to take dance classes are those with the stereotyped “perfect dancer’s bodies” who are going on to be professional dancers, you’re wrong. At it’s base, dance is about moving the body in a way that expresses feelings in a way that nothing else can. To express joy in our physicality, and something so intrinsic in humanity that it is music’s other half. It is something that should be accessible to ALL people- and it’s a crying shame that others would try to make anyone think otherwise. Do Not Let Them.
I’m going to close with a quote that I’ve seen attached to one of my pictures.
“A dancer’s body is a body that dances.”
Define dance however you’d like to. Let you body be however you want it to be. But never think, not even for an instant, that it should be denied the opportunity to dance.
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