Rockettes’ Pick for Dancer of the Week: Pretty Big Movement
Who: The Pretty Big Movement crew
Why we chose them: Just watch the Instragram preview of their new music video, and you’ll be dying to see what comes next! Their choreography is fierce (they’re led by Manhattan’s Professional Performing Arts School‘s Akria Armstrong), but what’s even cooler than the awesome moves they throw down? Their message: Every body is a dancer’s body.
The dance troupe, made up of seven full-figured women, was created when Akira found she just wasn’t able to land a job. Instead of getting discouraged, she rallied, and Pretty Big Movement was born.
“I felt like in order for people to understand me as a dancer at my size, I’d have to create my own name,” Akira tells Shape Magazine. “At the end of the day, we dance, and aesthetically, we may not be the proper body type that America would love to see, but we dance.”
These ladies remind us of a universal dance truth: Dancers come in all shapes and sizes—from long and curvy to short and lean and everything in between. #OwnYourCurves
Fun fact: The troupe, who appeared on Season 10 of America’s Got Talent, have made multiple television appearances, performed at the launch of Lane Bryant’s #PlusIsEqual ad campaign in Times Square (amazing!) and are dabbling with the idea of doing a reality TV show or stage production.
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