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Meredith Harper Houston
Meredith Harper Houston
Swan Within: Healing Through Ballet
Meredith Harper Houston
Meredith Harper Houston is a Southern California-based professional athlete, professional dancer, community leader, and visionary. She is the founder of two programs: Balletics, a program designed for professional athletes that utilizes ballet for optimum athleticism, and The Swan Within, a non-profit that transforms the lives of childrenwho have been victims of and survived commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) and who continue to suffer through juvenile incarceration. Meredith founded The Swan Within to create “a safe space for youth who have been abused so they can have full agency over their bodies”. Informed by her own transformative ballet journey out of the trauma caused by abuse, Meredith created this ballet-based curriculum to combine scholarship and mentorship for all incarcerated/foster juvenile youth, beyond the binary. Meredith has been widely recognized for her leadership, including receiving the Pioneer Woman of the Year Award from the City of Los Angeles and the State of California.

SESSION OVERVIEW

Taking Your Body Back: Healing Youth In The Sex Trade
From Ghislaine Maxwell to the Border children, from Brett Kavanaugh to R. Kelly to Roe v Wade being overturned after fifty years, we are surrounded by stories of traumatized young girls and women, boys, and members of the LGBTQ communities --- whose fates have rested in the hands of the powerful. At the core of this tidal wave of disenfranchisement and commodification is the methodical dis-union of human spirit from body with the simple message: your body does not belong to you. The Swan Within is based on my program that teaches exploited youth that their body is theirs and theirs alone and gives them permission to take their bodies back.