Shake It Out: What Zumba Taught Me About Tackling Fitness Standards and Loving My Body

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By Amber Ikeman, Intern 2014 I used to hate dancing. Well, it wasn't so much that I hated it - I thought I was terrible at it. I took dance classes all throughout high school as part of my specialized performing arts program. Four years of ballet, jazz, tap, and modern, and most days I left class crying or feeling extremely … [Read more...]

Trans Dance: A Complicated Love

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By Beck Heiberg Dancing is athletic art, demanding your full attention as an artist and athlete. Your body and mind have to be in sync. It can be hard navigating that while dealing with trans dysphoria and distorted bodily norms. But when gender and art play together, there are no boundaries. I am currently choreographing a … [Read more...]

Shaking All Types of Booty

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By Jennifer Jonassen At 37 years old and almost 350 pounds I decided to audition for a dance troupe in L.A. called R.A.I.D. (Random Acts of Irreverent Dance). I am now going into my third year with R.A.I.D. and it is my greatest pleasure to talk about the troupe that literally changed the course of my career and my life. … [Read more...]