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Size-Inclusivity & Body Acceptance

Ruth is spearheading the development of practices that embrace diversity in body shape and size ensuring that individuals of all shapes and sizes feel represented and respected. This builds upon her extensive personal research and practice as a movement director and theatre maker. 

 

Summary

Summary

Ruth has created training for the theatre industry to make rooms more inclusive of diverse body types, support the experience and representation of bigger bodies and push an understanding of the complexities around body image and societal body standards.

This research began in 2018 with her MA Dissertation "One size fits all: Inclusivity Of Body Shape In Movement Fundamentals". She continued to question and develop her practice through her work as a movement director and teacher and is now able to solidify and archive her work via this DYCP Grant. 

Ruth is a plus-sized director, movement director and choreographer. She has been building her personal practice of inclusivity via her work in conservatoires, rehearsal processes and specialist workshops. She also teaches dance open classes with School of SOS and The Curve Catwalk, the UK's first plus-size Dance Classes. 

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Qualifications

MA in Movement: Direction and Teaching from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

Launched UK's First Size-Inclusivity Training for Drama Schools - Featured in The Stage


6 years as a movement director, choreographer and facilitator

Developing Your Creative Practice Grant: Body Acceptance and Inclusion


Co-founder of Inclusion Collective

Ivor Guest Research Grant Recipient 2020

Previous work

Previous work 

Specialist talk Fitness & Body Positivity to over 400 secondary students as part of deep learning day at The Charter School.

Movement Director for FATCHANCE (National Tour) Written & Performed by Rachel Stockdale | Directed by Jonluke McKie

 

Advised The Curve Catwalk co-founder on new instructor training, emphasizing inclusive teaching methods.

 

"Body Acceptance within Movement"

Workshop, Flourish Festival. 

 

Body Image Workshops and Residency with Norwich Theatre. With SpeakUp Theatre

"Tackling Body Issues with Creative Practice" Interview, Norwich Theatre

Leeds Conservatoire Talks, "Unlocking Inclusive Practice: Dyslexia/Dyspraxia and Body Diversity in the Acting Studio" Leeds Conservatoire in collaboration with Christina Fulcher

Body Acceptance Training for Students, premiered at Academy of Live Recording Arts.

Co-founder Inclusion Collective www.inclusioncollective.org

Ivor Guest Research Grant recipient: "Research Project investigating inclusive movement within the intersection of neurodiversity and fat activism", in collaboration with Christina Fulcher, Society for Dance Research

‘Inclusion Optional?’ Discussion & Presentation at Why Movement Matters in collaboration with Christina Fulcher, RADA Movement Symposium, postponed due to COVID-19
 

Choreographer, Ripples, Body Acceptance Dance Film Greenwich Dance, Online

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Next Steps

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Here are some resources Ruth has found useful around the topics of body acceptance, fat activism and inclusivity

Useful Resources

Resources

Body Image: How a person sees and feels about their own body, influenced by societal standards and personal experiences.

Body Acceptance: Embracing and respecting bodies without judgment, regardless of societal standards.

Anti-Fat Bias: Also known as Anti-Fat or Fatphobia. Refers to the negative attitudes, stereotypes, and discriminatory behaviours directed towards individuals who are perceived to be overweight or obese. 

Fat Activism: Advocacy for the rights and dignity of fat people, combating discrimination.

Weight Stigma: Negative attitudes and discrimination based on body size, causing harm to affected individuals.

Discrimination: Unfair treatment based on specific characteristics, such as body size, leading to negative consequences.

Books

  • Happy Fat by Sofie Hagen

  • Health at Every Size by Linda Bacon

  • Fearing the Black Body: The Racial Origins of Fat Phobia by Sabrina Strings

  • The Fat Studies Reader by Esther Rothblum, Sondra Solovay

  • Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls by Jes Baker

  • Your body is not an apology by Sonya Renee Taylor

  • "You just need to loose weight "and 19 other mtyhs about fat people by Aubrey Gordon

Plays & Podcasts

  • Beach Body Ready by Roaring Girls

  • Fatty Fat Fat by Katie Greenall

  • She's All Fat: A Positive Podcast

  • Maintenance Phase - Podcast

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