Fat Liberation * Empowering Community
Most classes are offered as a 6 weeks series, and occasionally drop-ins are offered. Signing up for our email list and following us on social media will alert you each time registration opens.
taught by KT Kusmaul
Come to dance joyfully, connect with your body and connect with your community. Dance style taught is an eclectic blend of jazz and contemporary, with some fun pop and indie music guiding and inspiring us to move. Most classes taught in a series format with occasional drop ins. Classes are always Monday evenings at Soma Space in Portland, OR.
February/March series is sold out, sign up for the mailing list to be notified of upcoming classes
Where have I seen you before?
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Who are we?
KT Kusmaul :
Founder, Artistic Director, dance teacher
KT is a fat, queer, non-binary femme who is passionate about community, creativity, and mutual liberation from oppressive systems. With a history of creating radical gender performance in an underground queer art scene, now she is using her creative skills to bring fat liberation performance art to life.
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What styles of dance do you teach?
In the flagship dance class, KT teaches an eclectic style with a focus on Jazz and Contemporary. Most classes include a warm up and learning choreography.
Where are you located?
Portland, OR. Though we have been known to travel up to Seattle on occasion. We primarily teach classes out of SomaSpace in the Hollywood District.
How accessible is the space?
SomaSpace is ADA accessible. The front door threshold is about an inch tall. Two bathrooms are individual, gender neutral and have space and bars for chair users. Parking is mostly on the street. There is parking in the A-boy lot after 7pm with permit (come into studio to get the permit) and they have 1 accessible spot. Studio is 3 blocks from Hollywood transit center. The space is not scent free due to other users of the space, but ask no one to wear scents. Studio is hard wood floors, has AC and heat. Stools provided for option of supported movement.
In the dance class, participants are encouraged to create and ask for adaptations to movements that will best honor their body's ability and comfort. Please ask for more details for your access needs as I am eager to work with you to make this a more accessible space.
Do I have to be fat to join?
This space is created with a focus on creating a safe and joyful space for fat folks. We like to call it fat-centric. Folks of any size are welcome to join us, though we ask not to dilute the overall intention of the space.
What do I wear?
Whatever is comfortable to move in. Most people wear leggings, yoga pants or shorts with a T-shirt. For your feet consider barefoot, dance shoes, or sneakers if they are dedicated to indoor activity.
Is the price flexible?
Yes. I try to start with affordable prices. I offer discounted tickets and reserved spots for BIPOC, transgender and gender non-conforming folks, superfats/infinifats, and folks with disabilities. And, please if the cost feels prohibitive contact me and we can work out an arrangement.