• Fat Liberation * Empowering Community

    Body Home Fat Dance creates performance and offers dance classes centering our fat community. Our goal is to inspire joyful movement, connection with our bodies, and creative expression, while honoring our unique abilities and challenges with self-compassion. We're co-creating a resilient community, building an empowering and nuanced dialogue about fat liberation, and connecting with our own embodied selves. Dance classes and embodiment classes offered here in Portland, OR. We also have a performance troupe exploring meaningful movement in fat bodies.
  • Class Schedule

    Most classes are offered as a 6 weeks series, and occasionally drop-ins are offered in. Signing up for our email list and following us on social media will alert you each time registration opens.

    Dance Classes

    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.

    Winter 2019 series is underway. Stay tuned for more classes in Dec/Jan.

    Exploring Embodiment

    taught by Tara Blaine

    This class is a space to experiment with embodiment. A time to explore deep connection and awareness of our physical selves. An opportunity to abandon agenda, analysis, or commentary. An invitation to step back and put our bodies in the driver’s seat of our experience. These classes are offered intermittently as both drop ins and a series.

    Back by popular demand January 2020! Registration not yet open, but stay tuned!

     

     

  • Where have I seen you before?

    On The Boards

    NW New Works Festival 2019

    Performance Lab curator 2019

    Performance Lab performer 2018

    Risk/Reward

    Festival of New Works 2019

    Alembic Residency and Performance

    Performance Works Northwest

    Awarded a year long residency and final performance

    2018/2019

    Voices: A Choreographer's Showcase

    Produced by PDX Dance Collective

    February 2018

    Knock Out

    Plus Size Fashion Show Event

    2017 and 2019

  • Press: What are they saying about us?!

    Portland Monthly- Arts Roundup

    Even this glossy print magazine took notice of the buzz our performances created recently!

    What the Q? Podcast

    Hear KT talk about fatness, queerness, and how art helped her explore gender. Interviewed by the incredible Mickey, dancer and composer for Weighted Bodies.

    Fat Face Feelings Podcast

    KT talks about fatness, identity, gender, queer performance art, community, imposter syndrome and her 3-legged anxious dog.

    Dance Wire

    Dance Wire founder, Emily, interviews KT about her hopes for the future of Body Home (which later came true!)

     

     

    Portland Monthly

    Article about Body Home and KT in December 2017

     

     

    Fat Girls Hiking

    Fat Girls Hiking is a diverse body positive hiking community. Trails Not Scales! Article by their Sumr, their founder.

  • Who are we?

    KT Kusmaul :

    Founder, Artistic Director, dance teacher

    KT is a fat, queer, genderqueer femme who is passionate about community, movement, creativity and mutual liberation from oppressive systems. While in youth she had fairly traditional dance and theater training, she found herself come alive through drag, gender performance and queer dance. Performance and choreography credits include DKPDX, Homomentum, Untrained I, Cattitude, music videos for Athens Boys Choir and Scream Club.

     

     

    Tara Blaine :

    Exploring Embodiment teacher

     

    Tara teaches embodiment exploration classes and dances in classes and performances with this amazing community of fat movers. After studying a variety of dance techniques throughout her youth, Tara transitioned into yoga and meditative body work in adulthood. She's spent the last decade studying and exploring a variety of modalities in order to build a practice that feels authentic and nourishing for fat bodies. In addition to teaching and dancing, Tara is a writer, marketing strategist, and creative process consultant.

    We:

    This community

     

     

    "We" are also the incredible community that has come together to build Body Home! This includes the invaluable Sara Hass who manages so much organizing and administrative work, and will answer all your questions with care. The supportive and welcoming folks who are here to create space and lift each other up. And also, the incredible cast of "Weighted Bodies" who is helping to explore meaningful movement in fat bodies.

  • FAQ

    Hey, that is a really great question!

    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.

     

    In Exploring Embodiment, Tara creates a space to explore deep connection and awareness of our physical selves. We’ll practice listening to our bodies and allowing them to express their needs. We’ll seek ease with supported rest. We’ll follow prompts to experiment with sensations and movement.

     

    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 and Yoga NW in the NW 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.

     

    Yoga NW is ADA accessible. There is one bathroom which has space and bars for chair use. Parking is entirely on the street. Space is not scent free, but ask that no one wear scents to the space. Studio is hard wood floor, has AC and heat. Props provided for supporting comfortable positioning in laying or sitting.

     

    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. Exploring Embodiment class has no choreographed movements or structured right and wrong ways to practice, so it is very adaptable to all bodies and abilities. 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.

  • Stay in Touch

     

    Want to collaborate, ask questions or send us love notes?

    Email us at:

    BodyHomeFatDance@gmail.com

     

     

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