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3 Ways To Feel Connected Through Dance

Culture
Last updated: February 8, 2021

3 Ways To Feel Connected Through Dance

Leila Davis is a queer pole dancer and instructor hailing from South East London. For Leila, pole is much more than just art and fitness – it’s a journey of self-growth, empowerment and a tool to foster her own community. Blackstage Pole is a group founded by Leila herself for black people and people of colour (BPOC) of all bodies and abilities, especially those who are also LGBTQ+. On a mission to prove that there’s something in dance for everyone, Blackstage Pole is a safe space created to level out the playing field for those who are excluded from other dance groups. Discover Leila Davis’s top three tips on feeling better connected through sport by finding your own dance crew today.

3 Ways To Feel Connected Through Dance

Find A Community

“Sharing the same core values in any relationship is so important, particularly when it comes to sport and feeling like a community, so do your research… Join groups on social media, go to classes and check out studios until you find the right people and place.”

3 Ways To Feel Connected Through Dance

Believe In Yourself

“Body image is a personal journey, and it can be hard for people to feel like their bodies fit into certain spaces. But just remember, all bodies should feel equally welcome. We all have our own self-doubts, but don’t let the fear of being judged stop you. Dance is your chance to feel more in control of your own body, and to challenge yourself physically and mentally in a safe and supportive environment.”

3 Ways To Feel Connected Through Dance

Challenge Yourself

“Dance has helped my mental health by making me realise my capabilities, my resilience and my sense of self-worth. There’s something so deeply affirming about mastering pole moves – even on down days when I just don’t feel like it. No matter what I’m going through, it helps me foster a more positive mindset. I couldn’t recommend it more.”

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