juniperbean said: omg. your floral dress from f21+!! i have the same dress for my graduation as a gift. its amazing. youre amazing. you look amazing. AMAZIIIIIING.

YES! I loveeeee this dress! Thanks! I’m sure you looked even more amazing in it too :P

queerbyrd said: What studio do you dance at? I'm moving to Manhattan soon and want somewhere to take class. Also if you know of any low level companies? You're an inspiration!

Hey there! I’d recommend BDC and PMT. For low level, there is DanceWorksNYC, there auditions ended for this season but next season will pick back up in January. 

CurvesWithMoves.com Mini Documentary Coming Soon!

Excited to be working with SELF magazine on a project about women staying positive and activities they do to keep them exercising- for me this is dance (obvi right?!). But seriously, this is such an amazing project and will be aired on their website in early Autumn. Can’t wait to share with you all about how dance has kept me a positive person and pushes me to do anything I set my mind to- no matter how I look :) 

Dance It Out, 

Jessie

Retro Inspired Work Attire



Lately I’ve been looking for some cute retro inspired outfits for work. Our busy summer season consist of registering parents in hot sweaty school buildings so having to wear a sleeved blouse with pants is just too much. #aintnobodygotimeforthat


So I’ve been looking for dresses that are comfy, cute and complimentary to a plus size petite. I’ve always wanted to do the retro vintage look but didn’t know how I would incorporate it into my every day life. I always thought I could only pull the look off as a costume for a party. But I found some really cute looks that are work appropriate with just the right amount of sass!


ModCloth always has such cute retro inspired looks! I found this sassy black dress with a white band on the waist (curvy friendly!). The neckline on this ‘Vivacious and Vibrant Dress in Noir' is adorable yet sexy. Pair that with some cute retro shoes, retro bag and a splash of color with the turquoise earrings and you got yourself a fun professional look.  I started to dig more and found these adorable retro inspired work dresses. 

Check out my summer faves below from ModCloth. And they all come in plus sizes!
Omg also, how cute would this be for like a family dinner, cute date or day party!







What’s your look for work this summer?
Dance It Out,
-Jessie
Items: Cocktail dress / Chelsea Crew gold mary jane pumps / Darling kisslock handbag / Teal stud earrings
Retro Inspired Work Attire

Lately I’ve been looking for some cute retro inspired outfits for work. Our busy summer season consist of registering parents in hot sweaty school buildings so having to wear a sleeved blouse with pants is just too much. #aintnobodygotimeforthat

So I’ve been looking for dresses that are comfy, cute and complimentary to a plus size petite. I’ve always wanted to do the retro vintage look but didn’t know how I would incorporate it into my every day life. I always thought I could only pull the look off as a costume for a party. But I found some really cute looks that are work appropriate with just the right amount of sass!

ModCloth always has such cute retro inspired looks! I found this sassy black dress with a white band on the waist (curvy friendly!). The neckline on this ‘Vivacious and Vibrant Dress in Noir' is adorable yet sexy. Pair that with some cute retro shoes, retro bag and a splash of color with the turquoise earrings and you got yourself a fun professional look.  I started to dig more and found these adorable retro inspired work dresses. 

Check out my summer faves below from ModCloth. And they all come in plus sizes!

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Omg also, how cute would this be for like a family dinner, cute date or day party!

Father's Day Outfit

What’s your look for work this summer?

Dance It Out,
-Jessie

PLUS SIZE DANCER AUDITIONS JUNE 8th

CurvesWithMoves.com will start to release monthly dance videos featuring thick, curvy and plus size dancers!

If you would like to audition to become a CurvesWithMoves dancer, send your name, photo and dance video links to CurvesWithMovesBlog@gmail.com. Looking for jazz and hip hop dancers both male and female ages 21 and up. 

DANCE IT OUT!!!!

See some of my dance videos, choreo and more below!

Unique Dancers Who Inspire Me Everyday

I’ve been discussing being a petite plus size dance a lot this year, especially because there have been some great opportunities that have come my way. I started to think how or why my story was special and it’s because you don’t see many dancers like me. It’s something I used to be ashamed of and now I’m living it up and using it to my advantage!

Today I wanted to share with you other dancers, who like me, also may have felt displaced. I hope you find these people as inspiring and amazing as I do!

imageHand dancer David Toole, who is 3ft 2in tall and has no legs has beat the odds by dancing, choreographing and owning a dance company in England. He shows that even with no feet, you can still express yourself through beautiful hand movement. 


imageAdrianne Haslet-Davis has been dancing and teaching dance for 20 years in Massachusetts  In April of last year, Adrianne lost one of her legs during the Boston Marathon bombing of 2013. Not only is she STILL dancing, but she is also a motivatonal speaker and philanthropist.

Allison Becker is a deaf contemporary dancer who tried out for SYTYCD. She was diagnosed with Spinal Meningitis and was deaf by age 3. But that did not stop her from dancing. Allison beautifully dances to the vibrations of the music. 

Whitney Thore, aka Fat Girl Dancing, has become an internet sensation when she posted videos of her dancing in the studio. This interview above is one of the reason why I love women like her. Women who own their bodies, love what they do and don’t give a damn who’s judging. She’s also recently launched the No Body Shame Campaign which fights fat phobia and teaches women (and men) to love their bodies as they are!

Crowd loved it!!! #sidestageaction Full video coming soon!!!!!!! #dwnyc #danceworksnyc #watchoutforthis

Don’t Give Up!
One day, you’ll be a poster on the wall…no matter how short or fat or weird or loud or crazy or tall or skinny or awkward you are.
BE YOURSELF, AND LIVE FOR IT!

Don’t Give Up!

One day, you’ll be a poster on the wall…no matter how short or fat or weird or loud or crazy or tall or skinny or awkward you are.

BE YOURSELF, AND LIVE FOR IT!

My first magazine spread!!! #allyou #magazine #dreamsdocometrue #plussizemodel #curveswithmoves #fatshion #fashion

My first magazine spread!!! #allyou #magazine #dreamsdocometrue #plussizemodel #curveswithmoves #fatshion #fashion

Ready for spring…or at least today’s weather #ootd #plussizefashion #f21plus #fatshion #fashion #curveswithmoves #motd

Ready for spring…or at least today’s weather #ootd #plussizefashion #f21plus #fatshion #fashion #curveswithmoves #motd

My Newest Obsession: The Vixen Workout

Yes I’m Sexy, Yes I’m Fierce, Yes I Got This. YASSS!

Not only is this the ending phrase of an intense 60 minute dance cardio class, but this is also the motto of The Vixen Workout

Now normally I’m never “crazy” about a workout. Heck, I hate working out. Dancing is my only form of cardio and with practice 3 days a week, I felt like that was all I needed (or was willing to do). Many of my other dance mates often have some workout routine outside of dance like spin, soul cycle, zumba, and/or weight training. I’ve tried it all, but didn’t feel the need to want to do it again and again.

One day my dance friends were talking about how much we love to twerk and if it was a workout, we’d sign up right away (especially me). So my curious (and often ADD) mind googled “twerking class in NYC”. First hit was the vixen workout. I begin to watch the video and was immediately ready to sign up!!! How could you resist the club like atmosphere where a room full of women (no men allowed) can let down, drop it low, forget work and personal life and transform into their diva alter-ego?!

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(Meliza Fernandez leading the vixen army)

The class is set like zumba where you learn routines. But this is no zumba honey, this is what we call “sophistaratchet”. With moves named after sexy and boss like phrases such as “riding ‘round and gettin it” or “booty call” Vixen has you sweating as you squat into position and twerk your butt off. Started by the ever so sexy and talented Janet Jones, the class is a mix of high intensity dance moves and slow sexy stretches choreographed to the music of Rick Ross, Beyonce, Pitbull, Britney and more. Not only can you burn up to 1000 calories a class, but you also leave with a confidence and sexiness like no other. 

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Needless to say we took that first class and have come back EVERY week. Many women come glammed up with sneaker heels (increases your workout by 40%) makeup and sexy leggings. The class encourages selfies post workout to show that even though you are sweaty, you can still be fierce and have that post workout glow. I encourage you to search the hashtag #vixenarmy to see the many women who pose after class. 

I’ve been doing the class for about 3 months now and can tell the difference in my legs and ass! Beyonce legs coming this summer WHOOP WHOOP! You don’t have to be a dancer to do it and I’ve seen women from all shapes and ages come to twerk it out. Join the next class now at http://vixenworkout.com/new-york/. 

Dance It Out, 

Jessie

Sneak peek of upcoming choreo with @limlaunch

Ditch the Fear of Jiggles and Just Giggle!!!

I often talk about being a big dancer and how I’ve overcome obstacles…but today I want to take a more positive and celebratory route…join me in the passenger seat won’t you?!

I have been modeling for this AMAZING photographer, Nina Méndez Martí, for her project on dance as a form of insanity, joy, exhaustion, all sorts of emotions! Working with her I knew that I had to let go of all my inhibitions, my fears, my concerns, EVERYTHING. So there I was in her studio, dancing in a leotard, on a bed with all my glorious jiggle spots dancing with me…and for a moment….I didn’t feel self conscience or uncomfortable….for a moment…. I felt so….. FREE! I was having so much fun and embraced my leotard riding up and falling down. I let go because this wasn’t about me, it was about the moment! And as soon as you let go of the worries, you begin to realize, “Shit, I’m having a blast!!!”

In a time where we use Instagram, blogs and Facebook to record our everyday adventures, we get caught up in the “omg my arm looks fat here” or “ugh my face is a mess, delete!” we forget about the actual moment. So what your face looks a hot ass mess…it’s because at that moment you were getting low, having fun and didn’t care about posing for the camera phone. So I say post that picture where you think “omg my ass looks flat/huge/weird/etc…” and instead say “omg jumping on the bed for this shoot reminded me of jumping around with my sister when we were young! So fun!” 

Dance It Out!

Jessie

VIDEO: MY HIP HOP WORKSHOP

A HUGE THANK YOU again for all those who came out to my workshop. Video below. Please feel free to (daft punk voice) share it, like it, love it, tweet it! lol

Dance It Out!

Jessie

IF YOU ARE IN NEW YORK TODAY AND WANT TO DANCE IT OUT WITH ME, JOIN ME TONIGHT AT 7PM FOR AN AWESOME HIP HOP WORKOUT/WORKSHOP!!! 
ONLY $1!!! No need to break the bank, bring yo change and twerk it with me!! More details here!
Dance It Out, 
Jessie

IF YOU ARE IN NEW YORK TODAY AND WANT TO DANCE IT OUT WITH ME, JOIN ME TONIGHT AT 7PM FOR AN AWESOME HIP HOP WORKOUT/WORKSHOP!!! 

ONLY $1!!! No need to break the bank, bring yo change and twerk it with me!! More details here!

Dance It Out, 

Jessie