• Body Positive * Fat Celebrating

    Body Home Fat Dance is a body-positive, fat-celebrating dance collaboration. Our goal is to inspire joyful movement, connection with our bodies, and creative expression, while honoring our unique abilities and challenges with self-compassion. More than just dance classes, we're co-creating a resilient community, building an empowering and nuanced dialogue about body-positivity, and connecting with our own embodied selves. We invite folks with all levels of experience, all bodies, all abilities, all genders to come dance with us!

  • Class Schedule

    Series and Drop-in Option

    Series

    8 weeks on Mondays at 8pm

    If you want to dance, connect with your body and connect with your community, the series is what you are looking for. It offers us the chance to build trust and connection in our community and build on our learning week to week. Offered 5x/year. Often sell out so grab your spot fast when these are announced! Check social media or get on the e-mail list to be notified when registration is open.

    Summer Series is SOLD OUT, but you can get on the wait list HERE. Next series in the fall.

    Drop In

    Days/times vary

    If you want to dip your toe in the water on occasion, join us for drop in classes. Currently these are offered just occasionally. Sign up for the email list and follow social media to get info on future dates.

    June Drop in classes are full, but add yourself to the wait list HERE

  • Performances

    In addition to community classes, Body Home also creates and performs

    "Weighted Bodies" premier at PDX Dance Collective Choreographer's Showcase March 2018

    Body Home and Zaftig perform at Knock Out

    Plus Size Fashion Show September 2017

  • Projects and press

    aka Accomplices and Collaborators

    Performance Works NW- Alembic Artist

    KT is currently an artist in residence to more deeply explore meaningful movement in fat bodies. Look for a collective performance with other artists in February 2019.

    Portland Monthy Arts and Culture Magazine

    Article about Body Home and KT in December 2017

     

     

    Dance Wire

    Dance Wire is a service organization dedicated to keeping the Greater Portland dance community prosperous, inspired, and visible. Read the feature article on Dance Wire from a interview with KT of Body Home.

     

     

    Fat Girls Dance

    Fat Girls Dance is a relentless fem-led online movement towards body positivity and self-love through the celebration of dance. Body Home has been featured several times in their weekly video drops, reaching thousands of viewers and inspiring others to dance! See one of our favorite dances HERE

    Knock Out -Copper Union

    Knock Out is a fashion and shopping event for all our body positive feminine warriors, dapper darlings and handsome fellows in Portland and beyond. Body Home made our debut stage performance at this event!

    Zaftig Dance in Plus Size

    Our long-standing community partner: "We support and promote dance training for plus size dancers and give valuable presence to diversity in dance through classes, workshops, performances and festivals."

    Fat Girls Hiking

    Fat Girls Hiking is a diverse body positive hiking community based in Portland, OR. Our motto, Trails Not Scales reminds us that the more we hike, the more love we have for ourselves & our bodies just as they are. Body Home was written up in a feature to spotlight community body-positive groups.

  • Updates

    from social media

  • Who are we?

    KT Kusmaul is the founder and creative director of Body Home.

     

    KT is a fat, queer, genderqueer femme and a life long dancer and choreographer. After formal training in ballet, tap, jazz and modern during youth and early adulthood, she transitioned into 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. She studied martial arts for 3 years and dabbles in yoga. She is a nurse and a semi-retired bodyworker. She was awarded the 2018 Alembic Artist Residency to more deeply develop her work, "Weighted Bodies," exploring meaningful movement in fat bodies.

     

    "We" are also the incredible community that has come together to build Body Home!

     

  • FAQ

    Hey, that is a really great question!

    What styles of dance do you teach?

     

    I teach an eclectic style with a focus on Jazz and Contemporary. Most classes include a warm up and learning choreography, and sometimes we include body awareness exercises, stretching, or technique.

     

    How accessible is the space?

    SomaSpace is ADA accessible. The front door threshold is a bit large. Bathrooms are individual, gender neutral and have space and bars for chair users. Parking is street only. 3 blocks from Hollywood transit center. Can not guarantee scent free due to other users of the space, but ask no one to wear scents. Please ask for more details.


    Do I have to be fat to join?

    No! This space is created with a focus on creating a safe and joyful space for fat folks. We like to call it fat-centric. But folks of any size are welcome to join us.


    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. There is an early bird discount for the series. Drop-in classes are sliding scale. 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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