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Dance Class


Body Talk

Body Talk is a workshop designed to teach the fundamentals of body image, self-talk, and identity to dancers through group discussions, personal sharing time and journal activities. 

Dancers will learn the meaning of compassionate language and how this language can improve their relationship with self and others. They will practice a conversation with their body through a simple journal writing activity, which they may keep after the workshop as a new self-care tool.

 Dancers will learn these key concepts to apply to body image and identity:

  • I am more than my body.

  • I am enough, just the way I am.

  • I can be my body’s friend by using compassionate language and empathy.

  • I can use self-care tools to build a healthy relationship with my body and myself

Teacher At Performing Arts School Talking To Students Sitting On Floor In Rehearsal Studio
What people are saying about Body Talk...

“I left feeling inspired

and free to be myself.”

I Am Enough: A Body Journey Workshop for Dancers

Along the road of life, there are significant moments, life changes, things that mold us into who we are and who we will become.  Our bodies are no exception. They change, grow, and create a place in our world. Our bodies can become a focused part of ourselves, and we can forget we are more than our body. Our body is the part of us people can see, and sometimes, what others think and say affects the image we see in the mirror.


The purpose of this workshop is to connect and explore the moments we have in life that shape how we feel about our bodies. Participants will learn through group discussions, personal story and facilitation, and individual reflection.  

This workshop is for those who want to:

  • Learn to adopt the idea, “I am more than my goals, my dreams, what I do….”

  • Explore the moments in their lives that have shaped their relationship with their bodies.

  • Develop a strategic plan to challenge messages that contradict the “I am more” mindset.

  • Learn about resources to support the body journey.

Dancer Stretching

I Am More

I am more than a 

Number in an audition,

Number on a scale,

Number of pirouettes I can do,

Number of shoes I go through a week,

Number of calories I eat a day,

Number of parts I get,

Number of times I failed,

Number of relationships sacrificed,

Number of hours in the studio.

I am more than a number,

I am me.


Written By Amy Waddle October 2012

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