What happens when a group of people with large bodies get on stage and shake it for the world to see?

Well, for one, it challenges our perceptions of weight, size, health, and mobility.

That's exactly what Kate Champion wanted to do when she created this performance for bigger-bodied, plus-sized, fat dancers. It's called "Nothing to Lose."


Kate wants to figure out: "What does it mean when you put really big bodies stage and call them professional dancers, and why is it even controversial?"

Kate knows that bigger bodies move differently than her own.

She did not want to pretend she understood living in a larger body, so she partnered with Kelli Jean Drinkwater, a dancer herself.

Together, they created a space where we can strip away our preconceived notions about larger bodies and enjoy the beauty of a larger form.

Dancing in a fat body is radical and controversial because it's not encouraged. When's the last time you saw a fat dancer?

That's why this show is interesting — we've become so alienated from physical otherness that the idea of a fat dancing body is controversial.

There are dancers on award shows, music videos, commercials, movies, and Broadway. Why don't we see more fat people dancing? Do we think fat people don't dance?

Or does this tell us more about we think is culturally acceptable for fat people to do?

"Nothing to Lose" ran at the Sydney Festival in early 2015.

Photo by CDC on Unsplash

When schools closed early in the spring, the entire country was thrown for a loop. Parents had to figure out what to do with their kids. Teachers had to figure out how to teach students at home. Kids had to figure out how to navigate a totally new routine that was being created and altered in real time.

For many families, it was a big honking mess—one that many really don't want to repeat in the fall.

But at the same time, the U.S. hasn't gotten a handle on the coronavirus pandemic. As states have begun reopening—several of them too early, according to public health officials—COVID-19 cases have risen to the point where we now have more cases per day than we did during the height of the outbreak in the spring. And yet President Trump is making a huge push to get schools to reopen fully in the fall, even threatening to possibly remove funding if they don't.

It's worth pointing out that Denmark and Norway had 10 and 11 new cases yesterday. Sweden and Germany had around 300 each. The U.S. had 55,000. (And no, that's not because we're testing thousands of times more people than those countries are.)

The president of the country's largest teacher's union had something to say about Trump's push to reopen schools. Lily Eskelsen Garcia says that schools do need to reopen, but they need to be able to reopen safely—with measures that will help keep both students and teachers from spreading the virus and making the pandemic worse. (Trump has also criticized the CDCs "very tough & expensive guidelines" for reopening schools.)

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