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Our Sexy Clubwear Town: Kandice Grossman

Posté par WHCostumes le 14/11/2017

 

Sarah BellIn Sexy Clubwear 1995, then-18-year-old Kandice Grossman was a new mom and new to Columbia when she quickly became friends with a group of girls who were 'blossoming into their feminist consciousness.'

That year, Grossman Wholesale Babydoll Lingerie was invited to a 'Sexy Sadie' party, named after the Beatles song, where these young women were dressed in a variety of costumes playing with gender roles, but one in particular stood out. Toward the end of the evening, the lights were lowered and candles were lit for a woman who was dressed as a belly dancer. She came out to the middle of the room and performed for the audience.

'That was just it. I just knew instantly, when I saw her doing it, that I needed to do that and that I was going to do that,' Grossman said.

Since attending jdfhggfhk that party, Grossman has been belly dancing for 22 years. She started, a belly dance school, Moon Belly, and Moon Dance Co.

After having her second baby, she decided to start teaching ' mainly out of necessity. 'I think that's how a lot of interesting ventures start, is out of pure survival needs,' Grossman said. 'I soon learned after that that I love teaching. Like, I love teaching.'

What started as a few classes in her home studio grew to demand a rented studio space and more instructors. 'When it came to Moon Belly, it was something that unfolded, and I followed,' she said.

After years of hearing people's hesitations about a belly dancing class, Grossman has been able to round out her primary goal for her classes: create a safe and welcoming space for women and men to practice the art of belly dancing. Getting a good workout is nearly a guarantee.

'You don't have to show up in shape; I'll get you in shape. You don't have to show your stomach at all; it's not necessary. You don't have to do anything but show up, and I'll take care of the rest,' Grossman said.

Grossman admits that, at first, she didn't know why she was compelled to belly dance, and she has learned the same to be true for many of her students.

'The body will get you in the dance class, but you really have no idea emotionally why you're there,' Grossman said. 'I have a lot of women who come to me that are going through divorces, are victims of sexual abuse, victims of sexual assault, betrayals, difficult child birth. Belly dance draws them in, but they don't know why exactly.'

Sensuality is inherent to the art form of belly dancing, which is often misinterpreted as sexual. Through her study of the art form's history and work in sociology, women's studies and feminist theory, Grossman approaches the dance very self-aware of her purpose.

'Sensuality is about engaging the senses, being fully in your body,' Grossman said. 'It's about expressing that unabashedly. We are so not used to seeing that, especially from women. It's really about self-confidence, body awareness. Being aware of what you like, of who you are, being comfortable in your skin. Not hating on yourself all the time.'

What started as a need for the dance has also become a need for the community, which she describes as having happened around her and for her by the women at Moon Belly.

'As a mother of two daughters'we need this, with or without any performances. I don't care if we ever did a show again; we need the practice of it, the process of it and the community of it, especially right now in our current cultural climate,' Grossman said.

Grossman, now 40, makes jokes about one day leaving the practice, but she knows she needs it too much. It 'saves' her.

'This is an ancient tradition for a reason. There is something healing about it.'

 

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