Listen to this movement maker talk about connecting pleasure to parenting in life-affirming ways. “Mother Mother” and artist through various mediums. Binahkaye “Binah” Joy shares with us in this episode about the process of integrating creative movement into mothering, and the pleasure of dance. She has worked with women’s whose bodies have been sites of repeated violation, and she saw first-hand how a tiny bit of encouragement can help an incarcerated woman, for example, feel freedom, love, and possibility in her body.
With a background in community-centered dance, Binah dedicated her time to providing space for those around her to get in touch with the happiness and security moving their bodies can help them across manage life’s ebbs and flows, particularly with navigating the the schoolish, competition-based messages we hear surrounding dance.
In addition to being mama to Bloom, Wonder, and Jubilee, Binah is a co-founder of The Family Dances, a DC-based group that facilitates dance programs that are family-centered and family-accessible. Her children are 5, 3, and 1, and have brought her movement practice to new, exciting spaces.
Writer’s Note: This one made me all teary-eyed. I use dance as something to explore my perception of myself and the world around me, so hearing someone taking this empowering “for you and no one else” mindset wherever they go is in turn empowering. I’m really honored to be in a space that gives a signal boost to voices like Binah’s.