Amanda LaCount (photo by Jim Lafferty)

Meet Artists Defying the “Dancer Body” Stereotype

There's a common misconception that a dancer's body has to be thin. But the truth is that talent knows no body type, and the number on the scale never determines an artist's capabilities. Here are some extraordinary dancers fighting the stereotype of what a dancer "should" look like.

Amanda LaCount

With her large social media following and impressive resumé, Amanda LaCount is a role model to dancers all over the world. She's proof that artists who refuse to conform to the "traditional" dancer image can still become Capezio brand ambassadors and perform with the likes of Katy Perry. She's used her platform to launch the inspirational hashtag #breakingthestereotype.

Cathleen Meredith

Cathleen Meredith is the creator of Fat Girls Dance Movement, a worldwide initiative aimed at breaking body image stereotypes through the power of dance. Meredith frequently features plus-size dancers in all styles, from tap to Broadway jazz to contemporary, on the Fat Girls Dance Movement's official Instagram page.

Lizzy Howell

After a video of her doing fouettés went viral, 16-year-old Lizzy Howell soon became a role model for young plus-size dancers around the world. "It feels good to represent the diversity in dance," Lizzy told Teen Vogue. "But there shouldn't need to be a diversity. We should all be equal."

Erik Cavanaugh

Speaking of viral videos: Dancer and choreographer Erik Cavanaugh has received attention for his Instagram vids, which showcase his incredible skills. His mission is "attempting to change the mind and shape of dancers"—and his tilt (or pretty much any of his moves) will blow you away.

The members of Pretty BIG Movement

Founded by Akira I. Armstrong, Pretty BIG Movement is an international hip hop, jazz, Afro and contemporary company comprised solely of full-figured dancers. The aim of the group is to show all how powerful, talented, and gorgeous dancers with curves truly are.

Latest Posts

Courtesy Hollywood Vibe

These Dance Comps and Conventions Are Coming to a Living Room Near You

While dancers all over the world are sharing the heartache of canceled classes, shows, and projects, our hearts hurt especially hard for a group of dancers we at Dance Spirit couldn't admire more: comp and convention kids. Determined to challenge your artistry and learn from cutting-edge faculty, you dancers normally brave crowded ballrooms and nonstop schedules all year long. But just because you might not be in one of those crowded ballrooms for a while doesn't mean that part of your dance life has to grind to a halt.

Keep Reading SHOW LESS
Courtesy Tiler Peck

Tiler Peck's Top 10 Tips for Training at Home

On March 15, New York City Ballet principal Tiler Peck announced to her 172,000-plus Instagram followers that she'd be teaching a live class from her family's home in Bakersfield, California, where she's currently waiting out COVID-19. Little did she know that she'd receive such a viral response. Since then, Peck has offered daily Instagram LIVE classes Monday through Friday at 10 am PST/1 pm EST, plus an occasional Saturday class and Sunday stretch/Pilates combo. "The reaction was just so overwhelming," she says. "These classes are keeping me sane, and giving me something to look forward to."

Keep Reading SHOW LESS
An instructor from The Hive in Chicago leads class over Zoom (courtesy The Hive)

The Dance Student's Guide to Making the Best—and the Most—of At-Home Training

If you're social distancing to do your part to slow the spread of COVID-19, you've inevitably realized that training safely and successfully at home poses a significant challenge. We talked to dance experts to find out how you can make the best of this less-than-ideal scenario—and about the unexpected ways it can help you grow as a dancer and artist.

Keep Reading SHOW LESS
Enter the Cover Model Search