Dancing is more than the action of combining a series of steps and moving to music. Dance is a form of expression and communication. It is a way to worship. For dancer and “Transformational” Coach, Jean Dorff, dance was a way to heal. In his internationally best selling book Broken Silence: Living with Passion and Purpose after Sexual Abuse, A Dancer’s Story, he shares how dance helped him heal and find his inner strength and passion.
4-time British Open to the World Professional Latin Champions, Jukka Haapalainen and Sirpa Suutari describe his book as “A brave and touchingly honest account on this silenced, harrowing topic. This subject must no longer remain hidden, anything to give a voice to too many of those broken ones.”
Jean is the founder and CEO of the non-profit organization A Dancer’s Movement to Stop Sexual Abuse.
The foundation’s three main focus areas are:
Support and coaching – To overcome the trauma of sexual abuse and help them to lead a thriving life instead of just surviving
Raising awareness – In society through speaking events, social media outreach, and building a community of dancers and people who care for this cause, either within or outside the nonprofit.
Education and empowerment – Women, men, especially young adults. A Dancer’s Movement to Stop Sexual Abuse has developed specific workshops and trainings to educate people about this topic.
The foundation firmly believe that through these focus areas, the silence and isolation from sexual abuse can be broken and replaced with awareness and the ability to take empowering action. This will result in a lower number of sexual abuse victims, and better lives for those struggling with past traumas.
“It’s my goal to inspire people to discover and use their unlimited potential to empower them and to create a life of purpose, passion, health and abundance, leading to their destiny, despite or perhaps because of what they have been through.”
Dance Teachers Academy recently sat down with Jean Dorff to discuss the sexual abuse he endured as a child and how his passion for dance helped him to overcome his ordeals. Jean reads a powerful excerpt from his book.