Although you were documenting your obsession you were also documenting your beauty, I saw it.
You are beautiful and talented!glad you took the journey back to you.
That was inspiring, thank you for posting something that is so obvious yet goes unrecognized daily. We dancers get caught up in ridiculous body image hype, to the point where its not even about dancing anymore and the joy is gone. Thanks for reminding us of the true beauty of our bodies, regardless of the shape or size, and the importance of respecting them.
Thank you for your words and images. You are a beautiful woman inside and out and honestly, if a woman who is as lovely and strong and obviosly talented and fit as you are can have body issues – then we truly are all on equal ground as women. I have struggled with my body and my feelings about it for as long as I can remember. I have been overweight, slender, had three babies and changed shape over time in many ways. Since tweenhood I have always had that negative voice in my head that tears me down and compares constantly. What were your methods for giving up that voice? How did you go about it. Let us all know so we can do the same.
Linda Denise Fisher Harrell mentioned your blog in our Senior Seminar class this week and of course I had to check it out! This video was SO refreshing and quite frankly made my day! You are such a beautiful woman and an amazing dancer. The way you document your love for your body to the world truly helps me to accept my own “flaws” and personal body dislikes. It’s funny because though I am a dancer, oh what I WOULDN’T give to have a bottom like yours! Haha or even to have those lovely legs and feet! These are words from a skinny girl who would love to put on a little more weight and look more like YOU. But your blog has helped me to realize how important it is to appreciate the body I have and not see them as flaws at all but instead as gifts. 🙂
T.Brand- It just goes to prove that it doesn’t matter what you look like or what someone else feels about it- it how you feels that matters, because you are with you all the time. It has been a long journey for me to get this particular space, and I am still working on me. I takes so precious little to set me back sometimes. It’s a constant process. But I hope that by sharing what I have learned thus far- and by others sharing their stories we can all get to a better place. keep following
Wow!!! I literally sat here and wondered why you would possibly have an issue with your body as a dancer…it’s beautiful. You can do everything that I strive to do. But as I kept watching, you said something that hasn’t really clicked until just recently. You said, “hey it may not be what I want, but it’s what I got…and that you’re blessed.” So no matter what level in a particular dance class I’m taking nor any type of audition. I use what I have to the best of my ability. Thank you for sharing your story. It’s motivating. 🙂
Thank you. Part of what i would like to bring into the discussion is that it matters little what you look like- it’s what you FEEL like inside. We look at others and think that they are crazy for feeling less than WE think they look like. We don’t allow the space or the possibility that they have a different perception or relationship to their bodies- we might not see it but they feel it and that makes it real- and valid. What I think is important in that same direction is that the way I feel about my body has nothing to do with what I may think about someone else. I have often heard “Well if you think you’re fat then what do you think of me?” and it often doesn’t work that way. Our personal standards for ourselves are just that for ourselves and we often are much more accepting of the forms of others. this is what I would like to start a dialogue about!! thank you for your kind words and your comments!!!
This video was so inspiring. I am a dancer as well and I actually feel the same way about my butt and thighs. But when I look in the mirror, I realize that this is what makes me who I am. This is the way my body has developed. Like you mentioned, it does not get in my way with getting my legs up or doing jumps. It is just something we as dancers worry about: What does my body look like compared to him or her? In reality, like you said the body is the soul. It is what expresses my passion. It is what makes me a unique and distinct individual mover.
” My body is a vessel that houses my soul”, this is a powerful saying. I am a yoga instructor and a dancer and this is something that I preach to myself and others everyday. I cherish the body I have because it protects my soul, which shines through my body. The more I feed my soul, the healthier my body looks and feels. You are a beautiful woman on both the inside and the outside. I am 100% positive that this shines through your dancing and personality. Thank you for your inspiring video!
mi è piaciuta la tua ocnfessione e non credevo che avessi avuto quest’avversione nei confronti delle armoniche e potenti parti del tuo corpo. Magari quando passi da DC mi porti una copia di una delle tue foto…a presto!!!
I don’t even know how to express how much I loved this video. Also I want to say I love the sound of your voice. We spend so much time as women trying to be perfect that we forget we already are perfect. We are goddesses, we are life givers and the very fact that we are women makes us amazing. You are beautiful, inside and out, and its really difficult for us to see ourselves the way others see us, but I just want to say I see you as amazing and gorgeous and inspirational. I’ve been going through your blog all morning and I’m just really glad I found it.
I somehow stumbled upon your website, and just watched your story. What am amazing journey you have gone through. How inspiring that you’ve found peace with your body, and peace with yourself. I loved this very much. Thank you for sharing. You are beautiful- your body and your soul.
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