A Conversation About Abuse in the Dance Industry

Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast

Nov 9 2023 • 1 hr 8 mins

Guests - Nicole Perry and Keanu Uchida

Hosted By - Courtney Ortiz and Lesley Mealor


In Episode 160 of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, intimacy director and dance educator Nicole Perry and NEAMA co-founder and advocate for awareness of sexual abuse in the dance industry, Keanu Uchida, sit down for a candid conversation about improper behavior, unfair power dynamics, and abuse in the dance industry.

*While we do not discuss any graphic details pertaining to sexual abuse in this episode, please take care when listening and preview this episode before listening with children*



Topics Include:

  • An explanation of power dynamics and boundaries as they pertain to the artistic dance community
  • Red flags to look out for when researching or attending dance events
  • How authority figures in the dance industry can work to make a safer space for young dancers



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