Boosting Your Confidence with a Friend
::Sarah and I looking at pictures:::
Sarah: We’re so cute girl!
Jessie: Yassss, we are getting’ it!
You know those moments when you look in the mirror and say “Damn I look cute today” ? If you answered yes, Good for you! If you didn’t, well let’s talk about it and how we can fix that.

Sometimes we are quick to compliment other women before we can take a look at ourselves. I’ve even seen worse cases where we compliment other women by putting OURSELVES down. Things like “Omg you’re hair looks great! Mine is a mess.” or “Girl you look way better in that dress than I ever did.”

As a dancer, I’m surrounded by skinny or fit women. It came to me as a surprise when I heard them talk about themselves. A girl would say “You’re waist is so tiny!” and she would reply, “But my thighs are so big!” And I’m here thinking “Man I love my thighs, I also love her thighs…I don’t get it?!”. What I come to realize is that most women don’t see themselves as beautiful as other women might see them and I think it’s because we hide behind the negative thought that we can’t be as beautiful as another woman standing next to us.
But sometimes when you get that extra boost from a friend you become more confident and happier with yourself and I think for some women they need that extra support to bring out the confidence in themselves… and that’s okay! In fact I encourage it! I think the more women compliment each other as a unit, the better ourselves as individuals feel. We need to make it more of about communal compliments instead of just directing it at the other person.
So I challenge you the next time you’re out with your friends instead of saying “You look gorgeous” or  “you look great” say “we look great, we look gorgeous let’s party and have a good time!”. 
As always, dance it out (and this time, with a video featuring some of my fave curvy sexy friends!)


-Jessie

Photo Cred: Nina Mendez Marti

Boosting Your Confidence with a Friend

::Sarah and I looking at pictures:::

Sarah: We’re so cute girl!

Jessie: Yassss, we are getting’ it!

You know those moments when you look in the mirror and say “Damn I look cute today” ? If you answered yes, Good for you! If you didn’t, well let’s talk about it and how we can fix that.

Sometimes we are quick to compliment other women before we can take a look at ourselves. I’ve even seen worse cases where we compliment other women by putting OURSELVES down. Things like “Omg you’re hair looks great! Mine is a mess.” or “Girl you look way better in that dress than I ever did.”

As a dancer, I’m surrounded by skinny or fit women. It came to me as a surprise when I heard them talk about themselves. A girl would say “You’re waist is so tiny!” and she would reply, “But my thighs are so big!” And I’m here thinking “Man I love my thighs, I also love her thighs…I don’t get it?!”. What I come to realize is that most women don’t see themselves as beautiful as other women might see them and I think it’s because we hide behind the negative thought that we can’t be as beautiful as another woman standing next to us.

But sometimes when you get that extra boost from a friend you become more confident and happier with yourself and I think for some women they need that extra support to bring out the confidence in themselves… and that’s okay! In fact I encourage it! I think the more women compliment each other as a unit, the better ourselves as individuals feel. We need to make it more of about communal compliments instead of just directing it at the other person.

So I challenge you the next time you’re out with your friends instead of saying “You look gorgeous” or  “you look great” say “we look great, we look gorgeous let’s party and have a good time!”.

As always, dance it out (and this time, with a video featuring some of my fave curvy sexy friends!)

-Jessie

Photo Cred: Nina Mendez Marti

Just got this email from my dear friend who is documenting her work abroad in Australia.  I’m so proud of her and all her accomplishments. Dance can bring out more than just excitement. It can bring out confidence,  strength and will power. Keep moving boo! To everyone, keep pushing through! 

Dance It Out,
Jessie

Just got this email from my dear friend who is documenting her work abroad in Australia. I’m so proud of her and all her accomplishments. Dance can bring out more than just excitement. It can bring out confidence, strength and will power. Keep moving boo! To everyone, keep pushing through!

Dance It Out,
Jessie

You’re just a hideaway, you’re just a feeling / You let my heart escape beyond the meaning/ Not even I can find a way to stop the storm/ Oh, baby, it’s out of my control, what’s going on? #hideaway #kiesza #thecruisingmonologues #thevillage #theduplex #dancing #dancenyc #dance #nydance #cruisingmonologues #gaynyc #gay #curveswithmoves #curvygirls #curvydancers

You’re just a hideaway, you’re just a feeling / You let my heart escape beyond the meaning/ Not even I can find a way to stop the storm/ Oh, baby, it’s out of my control, what’s going on? #hideaway #kiesza #thecruisingmonologues #thevillage #theduplex #dancing #dancenyc #dance #nydance #cruisingmonologues #gaynyc #gay #curveswithmoves #curvygirls #curvydancers

Dancing With Other “Curves With Moves”-esque Women

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I’ve had the pleasure of working with two amazing women lately, Sarah (middle) and Lexie (right), and let me tell you…they are FIERCE!

It’s so refreshing to be in a studio with like minded women who just want to dance and have fun. We aren’t the tallest or skinniest girls in any way but our fierceness, resilience and passion will command that attention. I can look to both of them and know that there is a reason why we do what we do and that people will respect it, like it, love it, or hate it but it will grab attention - good or bad. I used to be so self absorbed in how I can stand out and prove to others that I can dance just as good, if not better, than the skinny or fit girl next to me. But now it’s about MORE than that! It’s building awareness of other dancers like me and showing the world that we exist and are not to be missed! 

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Currently I am working on a workshop (well…werqshop OWW!) series with Sarah that we are hoping to launch in the late Fall. Sarah and I have different dance backgrounds yet collaborate so well and have taught each other so much (Sarah is currently teaching me how to double turn without being dizzy haha). It’s refreshing to build with someone else whose had the same struggles as a dancer. We bond off moments like that and grow from the experiences together. I’m ecstatic to announce the werqshop series real soon! 

Lexie and I have been dancing together for about 7 years now. We met in college…funny story

:::queue dreamy throwback rewind music::::

I was the VP of our college dance company when Lexie auditioned. She seemed quiet and reserved and kept to herself most of the audition. I actually thought she was being bitchy or antisocial. But when she danced for us- SHE DANCED! She commanded attention. Your eyes caught her and you couldn’t look away. I’ve been in awe of her ever since and immediately befriended her. The rest is herstory. 

You know there was definitely a time where if the three of us went on stage people would’ve look at us funny, and some people might still feel that way. I’m happy to know that nowadays society’s mindset has shifted to embracing and loving our bodies. We’ve seen it the Dove campaign’s, plus size models and even singers ….but now…. it’s time to show it through dance!

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These girls are amazing, and I’m lucky to have found curvy girls with amazing moves. And I know there are more of us out there! So shoot me an email if you’re in NYC and dance - CurvesWithMovesBlog@gmail.com

Dance It Out, 

Jessie 

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

bebebirb 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