Curvy women are being invited to use dance to develop body confidence at a series of classes in Salford.
Dance instructors Leah and Tara based in JD dance Studio run sessions every Thursday to celebrate curvaceous women.
Tara has been teaching dance for 13 years and completed a masters degree in inclusive dance and community practice.
Tara said: “I believe in equality and inclusion no matter your ability or experience I always treat people equally.”
Curves and Confidence dance class started last year but due to Covid-19 they had to stop and re-open in September.
Leah comments: “Unfortunately it has been stop and start but we have been resilient and keep pushing for it to be a success.”
Leah, the founder of Curves and Confidence, said: “As a plus-size dancer I’ve struggled with confidence when it comes to going to classes and as much as I love the classes and the choreo, sometimes I would feel a bit out of place because I didn’t look like everyone else.
“So, I wanted to create a class where we celebrate our bodies, our curves and turn our insecurities into positives. We aim to boost confidence and to just have a good time and support each other.”
The sessions cover a range of dance styles and music that bring out the sass, ranging from commercial dance tunes, Beyonce to Lizzo, and Missy Elliot to dancehall classics.
Leah and Tara are both passionate about treating people equally, no matter what their ability, so as to create an inclusive space.
Leah said: “We share the aim of wanting everyone to leave feeling more confident and happy in themselves so we will always go that extra mile to cheer everyone on.
“I think in the past few years the industry has really started to become more open minded and started to celebrate differences especially in size. So I think it is definitely starting to go in the right direction and hopefully it will carry on that way.”
Curves and Confidence have big plans for the future. They would like to stage events and performances within the Salford community to continue spreading body positivity and expand the brand.
Classes are held every Thursday from 8pm-9pm at JD Dance Studio, Unit 1 Overbridge Road, Salford, M7 1SL.
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