Fat Liberation * Empowering Community
Most classes are offered as a 6 weeks series, and occasionally drop-ins are offered in between series. 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.
Spring 2019 series is underway. Look for the next series to start in July.
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.
Projects and press
aka Accomplices and Collaborators
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 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.
Who are we?
KT Kusmaul :
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. She was awarded the 2018 Alembic Artist Residency to more deeply develop her work, "Weighted Bodies," exploring meaningful movement in fat bodies.
Tara Blaine :
Exploring Embodiment teacher
Tara Blaine 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" 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.
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, and sometimes we include body awareness exercises, stretching, or technique.
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.
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, and folks with disabilities. And, please if the cost feels prohibitive contact me and we can work out an arrangement.