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  • Fat Liberation * Empowering Community

    Body Home Fat Dance leads classes and creates performance centering our fat community. Our goal is to inspire joyful movement, connection with our bodies, and creative expression that engages our fat bodies. We're exploring an empowering and nuanced theory of fat liberation, one that goes beyond body-positivity or body image, and really digs deeper into our personal and lived experiences. We do this by connecting with our own embodied selves within the context of community. Dance classes and embodiment classes offered here in Portland, OR. We also have a touring group and solo performances exploring meaningful movement in fat bodies.

  • Upcoming Classes

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    Fat Contact

    Movement sessions lead by visiting artist Gillie Kleiman

    We will fall, fold and falter, spoon and smush and spread; we will push and prang and ping. All fat people welcome, at all levels of experience, for as much of it as you like.


    Multiple dates and times from April 8-15th, 2024

    Join for as many or as few sessions as you like!


    Registration is FREE, but you have to grab your spot HERE


  • Where have I seen you before?

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    Produced by Boom Arts and Risk/Reward

    Summer 2020

    A Well Upholstered Refrain- collaboration with Mickey Pollizatto

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    Premiered at Interplay

    Echo Theater

    February 2020

    Collaboration with Kryptic Films and Mickey Pollizatto

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    On The Boards

    NW New Works Festival 2019- Weighted Bodies

    Performance Lab curator 2019

    Performance Lab performer 2018- Solo

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    Festival of New Works 2019

    Weighted Bodies

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    Alembic Residency and Performance

    Performance Works Northwest

    Awarded a year long residency. Final performance


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    Voices: A Choreographer's Showcase

    Produced by PDX Dance Collective

    February 2018- Weighted Bodies

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    Knock Out

    Plus Size Fashion Show Event

    2017 and 2019

  • Press: What are they saying about us?!

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    Portland Monthly- Arts Roundup

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

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    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.

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    Fat Face Feelings Podcast

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

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    Dance Wire

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



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    Portland Monthly

    Article about Body Home and KT in December 2017



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    Fat Girls Hiking

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

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    Stance on Dance

    Feature article from this organization that educates about dance from the perspective of underrepresented voices and access points.

  • Who are we?

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    KT Kusmaul (she/they)

    Founder, Artistic Director, dance teacher

    KT is a fat, queer, non-binary, white, able-bodied human 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 they are using their creative skills to bring fat liberation performance art to life. They also bring their background in health care, bodywork and mental health to layer in the healing opportunities in these gatherings. They have been inspired by many teachers and mentors including Meshi Chavez, Pepper Pepper, and the cast of Weighted 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 to a pop song.


    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 FLOCK Center for Dance in an arts space in industrial NW Portland.


    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 6pm 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.


    FLOCK is a converted industrial building, so there are some irregular features. There are no stairs to reach the studio. Parking is on the street and then you must walk up a steep driveway. After that it's flat or ramps. Bathrooms are single stall, gender neutral, and large with grab bars. Studio has good quality heat and AC as well as two air filters. Hard wood floors. Not dedicated scent free but I am never aware of overt scents or chemicals.


    Stools provided for option of supported movement. 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.

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