NEW CAMPAIGN: “kind ∙ eyes”
Dancers have two unique challenges that everyone can relate to:
- We look in the mirror in our workspace to critique our bodies (sometimes for a 1-hour class, sometimes for 10 hours a day for 3 months in rehearsal). In the entertainment industry, we are also often looking at a reflection dressed in “body conscious” clothing, looking at our fellow dancers who are also dressed this way- the mirror helps us critique not just the physicality of our art but our bodies as well. This relationship with the mirror is unique to dancers & doesn’t exist in other art forms or industry professions.
- We are increasingly on camera. We watch ourselves back, again, for the purposes of critiquing.
In the GHM intensives, we do a lot of work both in front of the mirror and on camera. Before students review their footage (which happens often in the sessions), they are encouraged to watch with “KIND EYES”. In a nutshell, look first at what you like about what you’re doing, and think productively about how you want to adjust what you’re unhappy with.
This has repeatedly been one of the phrases and mindsets that sticks most with students for years afterward.
And so, I’ve done some brainstorming with alumni about releasing merchandise to share the message. With their help, we have the first item here!
Whether you’re a dancer or not, hopefully this helps you breathe more easily.
The words on the shirt are written backwards so that when you look in the mirror (whether you are in a dance class or in the bathroom during your morning routine) you are reminded to have kind eyes.
The lettering was hand done by me so consider this a personal message from me to you every time you reach for this item.
Black long-sleeve tee
“Kind ∙ eyes” screen print on front. Printed in white in reverse so you can read it in the mirror
Screen printed GALEN ∙ HOOKS logo on back
Galen is 5’3” and is wearing a size medium in photo