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!
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
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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!
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,
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 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!
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!
Hand 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.
Adrianne 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!
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?!
(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.
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,