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thisclockworkheart:

Photo bombed by birds as always. 

fatfares:

"A Fat Girl Dancing: Talk Dirty to Me (Jason Derulo)"
You all need to watch this video that’s been making rounds on YouTube and Facebook. 

Here you have Whitney— she’s talented, she’s confident, she’s gorgeous, she’s killin these moves, and yes, she’s fat.

I love that she calls her videos “A Fat Girl Dancing” because a lot of times people have a hard time associating fat with anything positive. Instead the word is attached to a myriad of negative adjectives and an endless list of “nots”: “Fat people are lazy,” “Fat girls can’t wear that,” “Fat people shouldn’t go to clubs,” etc. Even when getting compliments, fat and “good” don’t go together: “You can move for a fat girl”, “You’re not fat, you’re cute”, and (flashback to yesterday’s post) “You’re so pretty for a big girl.” But yes, you CAN be fat AND beautiful, fat AND outgoing, fat AND a traveler, and fat AND a dancer!

Rant over. 
I’m positive we’ll be seeing a lot more from this great young woman. 

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hemaoriahau:

Tū Te Maungaroa- Wellington Kapa Haka Regionals 2014

hemaoriahau:

Tū Te Maungaroa- Wellington Kapa Haka Regionals 2014

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curveswithmoves:

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

Carlannie  @ SXM Carnival 2013(St.Marrten, W.I.)

…..Mother N Daughter Enjoying the Carnival(Dominicanas)

Holy crap, which one is the mother?! Goddamn.

(Source: planetofthickbeautifulwomen, via theydontpaintpictures)

seoulmama:

"Fat people can’t—”

Yes they can! [x]

Not a chick, but m8, I can’t resist a fat dancer as lovely as this.

thisclockworkheart:

Let me preface this by saying I haven’t had a serious pointe class for about three years. But tonight, I found myself with a little victory. Some background: a little over a year and a half ago, after dealing with some serious arrhythmia problems, I started to go into heart failure. Around that time I had pretty bad edema in my legs. I had open heart surgery that fixed my heart and saved my life, but the edema never seemed to go away. With that extra edema, my pointe shoes no longer fit me. Which was fine, since I was content to take my classes on flat anyway. But once in a while I’d try my old pointes on just to see if they’d fit. They never did. 

A few days ago I noticed that my edema was all but gone. What had been 3+ pitting edema that had plagued me as a tell tale sign of my former heart problems was now… gone! So I had to try. I had to see if I could get my old pointe shoes on. These are nothing technical, but what they represent is so important to me. I’ve been working hard over the past year and a half to get my life back together, and this is a sign that maybe, just maybe, I will be able to recover from this 100%. 

(via bbwprincess)

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fatburlesque:

fatburlesque:

Coming soon! Our third gala, and second as part of Midsumma, is on Saturday 18th January. Featuring a host of new faces as well as your favourite Boombahs. We can’t wait to see you there! x

Two weeks today! We’re so excited!

fatburlesque:

fatburlesque:

Coming soon! Our third gala, and second as part of Midsumma, is on Saturday 18th January. Featuring a host of new faces as well as your favourite Boombahs. We can’t wait to see you there! x

Two weeks today! We’re so excited!

sumogeisha:

Plus-sized belly dancer Aleedra (Med Fest 2007) at http://aleedra.com/ 

Photography by Word of Mouth at http://www.flickr.com/photos/wordofmouth/

(via fatcandance)

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VIDEO: Nicki Minaj Monster Choreography

curveswithmoves:

I’m so excited to share this video with you guys! About two months ago we performed on stage to a sold out 600+ crowd. Today I would like to share a piece of my choreography with you guys. These are only a few of the amazing dancers that lit up the stage in November. Please show some love and watch below!

WATCH IN HD

For those of you in NYC, come to my hip hop workshop class Jan. 13th!

Click here for more details!

Dance It Out, 

Jessie

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curveswithmoves:

Stay tuned…

Working on a dance video, coming in the new year! Reflecting back on everything this year, I can say that I’ve been so fortunate to do so many great things! I’m now at a point in my life where I want to push myself creatively. I was never the one who said, “Oh I can’t do that because x, y, x!” But this year in particular, I’ve pushed myself beyond what I thought I was capable of. 

Keep pushing everyone! If you have amazing ideas, pursue them! If you have talented friends and family, have them join in the fun! It will make the process more fun and worth doing.

Dance It Out, 

Jessie

Photo credit: Jermaine Blum

iphotographlove:

Tomorrow I have my first OFFICIAL belly dance performance.  I am doing two numbers, completely improv.  I am nervous as HELL.I am scared of walking into that crowd and having people look at me. I suppose the best thing about improv though is that if I mess up, I can fake it to look like it’s part of the dance.And as much as I hate my belly, I have to put it out there. If I want my daughter to be fearless, I NEED TO BE FEARLESS.

iphotographlove:

Tomorrow I have my first OFFICIAL belly dance performance.  I am doing two numbers, completely improv.  I am nervous as HELL.

I am scared of walking into that crowd and having people look at me. I suppose the best thing about improv though is that if I mess up, I can fake it to look like it’s part of the dance.

And as much as I hate my belly, I have to put it out there. If I want my daughter to be fearless, I NEED TO BE FEARLESS.

(via fatcandance)

brilliantbroad:

I know my arm is all wrong and I don’t have very good turnout, but I’m in it to win it. I am, by far, the chubbiest ballerina in my class, and I’m not a great dancer either, but I’m there, doing something that’s outside my comfort zone. And kinda fun.
I wasn’t sure how I would be received by the teachers or other students as a beginning adult ballet student who obviously doesn’t fit the “ideal” of the long, lean dancer, but so far, everyone’s been friendly, supportive, and patient. 
One of the nerve-racking things I had to do was step into Artful Dancewear and try to find appropriate clothing. I know dancewear runs small to start with, and I was worried that they would give me that pained smile and say, “Sorry, nothing in your size.” But the saleswoman, who was herself plus sized, showed me two styles of plus size leotards (of course, there were dozens of styles of straight-size leos). Later, as I was browsing the tights, another clerk went to the back room to find tights in several colors that fit me perfectly. So an anxious shopping trip quickly turned into a very pleasant experience.
Leotard - Capezio Team Basics, 2x
Tights - BodyWrappers TotalStretch convertible tights, 3x/4x (here)
Top - Walmart, 18/20
Shorts - Old Navy, XL (just bought these, but they’re not on the Website)

brilliantbroad:

I know my arm is all wrong and I don’t have very good turnout, but I’m in it to win it. I am, by far, the chubbiest ballerina in my class, and I’m not a great dancer either, but I’m there, doing something that’s outside my comfort zone. And kinda fun.

I wasn’t sure how I would be received by the teachers or other students as a beginning adult ballet student who obviously doesn’t fit the “ideal” of the long, lean dancer, but so far, everyone’s been friendly, supportive, and patient. 

One of the nerve-racking things I had to do was step into Artful Dancewear and try to find appropriate clothing. I know dancewear runs small to start with, and I was worried that they would give me that pained smile and say, “Sorry, nothing in your size.” But the saleswoman, who was herself plus sized, showed me two styles of plus size leotards (of course, there were dozens of styles of straight-size leos). Later, as I was browsing the tights, another clerk went to the back room to find tights in several colors that fit me perfectly. So an anxious shopping trip quickly turned into a very pleasant experience.

Leotard - Capezio Team Basics, 2x

Tights - BodyWrappers TotalStretch convertible tights, 3x/4x (here)

Top - Walmart, 18/20

Shorts - Old Navy, XL (just bought these, but they’re not on the Website)

(via fatcandance)

ophelia-pain:

So, tonight in my belly dance class there were four new people, little girls probably around nine or ten. When we did shimmies I was rocking out as usual but the little ones were obviously having trouble and I wasn’t clear on why until the instructor stopped the music and told the girls to watch me.

She said, “That’s how the shimmy is supposed to look, that’s how your belly is supposed to move. You don’t clench your belly, only concentrate on your knees and hips.” And I realized that they weren’t shimmying properly because they were sucking their tummies in so they wouldn’t jiggle.

Now, I am easily the biggest person in my class and when I shimmy it is…impressive, to say the least. The instructor went on, “Look how she does it, watch the way her belly shakes, almost moving in a circular motion. That is natural, that’s the way her body is supposed to look when she does this movement.” Then she pulled up her tank top to show her little pot belly and shimmied along with me, and encouraged the little ones to try again, and we were all shimmying and jiggling together. When the instructor put the music back on and we all went back to shimmying, the little ones stopped holding in their stomachs and even laughed and tried to out-jiggle each other.

Proudest moment of my life? Maybe.

(via fatcandance)

fatcandance:

emFATic DANCE in the En Masse finale, “One”. May 2013, Laney College Theater, Oakland, CA. Photo by Amy Gilgan
From Big Moves Bay Area facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BigMovesBayArea

fatcandance:

emFATic DANCE in the En Masse finale, “One”. May 2013, Laney College Theater, Oakland, CA. Photo by Amy Gilgan

From Big Moves Bay Area facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BigMovesBayArea