Youth dance program focuses on body image

Jun 16, 2017
The Contemporary Movement

Rockland — The Arts … for Kids and Their Families initiative of Rockland Public Library offers a six-session Contemporary Dance for Teens: Building Body Image program beginning Saturday, June 24, from 10 a.m. to noon at the library, 80 Union St.

Teens are invited to join The Contemporary Movement and examine one of society's most challenging issues, body image and self-esteem. How does one look and feel beautiful just the way she is? What does it mean to be pretty? What does inner strength look like? And how does one inspire the self-confidence to feel beautiful no matter what?

Participants will look at the in-depth struggles individuals face surrounding the subject of body image. They will also discuss what healthy body image looks like and how one may achieve a positive outlook for one’s self. Through discussion questions and activities, dancers will have the opportunity to form opinions, develop a voice and consider what it might be like for others who struggle to love themselves and their bodies.

In addition, dancers will take a stand to say that no matter how tall, short, fat or thin; and no matter the color of hair, eyes, or skin, it is what is on the inside that matters most. Each and every person is beautiful, just the way she is.

Dancers will participate in contemporary dance class and have the opportunity to learn a choreographed movement that accompanies discussions. No dance experience necessary and all are welcome, age 10 and older. This program is ongoing for the summer; subsequent dates are July 1, July 8, July 15, Aug. 5 and Aug. 26, all from 10 a.m. to noon.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or

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