How Irish Dancing fed my eating disorder

A personal account of the hobby that helped and harmed me in equal measure.

One of the photos I captured during my time taking dance portraits. (© Danielle Stillman, 2016)
I’m just that pale. Deal with it. (© Ron Shuller’s Creative Images)
Proto-Dani does a dancing. The higher the socks, the closer to God???
I generally don’t like to mention weight, since it can be triggering for some, but because people don’t have a good sense of what fat people actually look like, I am 5'2" and weighed about 200lbs in this photo.
2004 vs. 2019. Who looks happier?

4th generation Houstonian, cat mom, trivia maven, retired Irish dancer, mental health professional in training. MSW ‘22

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