Fat Liberation * Empowering Community
taught by KT Kusmaul
We will deeply feel into our fat bodies through embodiment exploration and creative movement. We will practice deepening into the sensations in our bodies and how to perceive and honor that somatic wisdom. I’ll guide you into exploring how your body moves, not despite your fatness, but fully embracing your fat. We are going to get curious about jiggles and folds, the momentum and gravity of fat bodies.
Where have I seen you before?
Press: What are they saying about us?!
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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 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.