Burlesque for Breast Cancer

Updated: Jan 10, 2021

Your mother, your sister, your grandmother, your friend, your teacher, your neighbour, yourself. Sadly, many of us know someone who has been diagnosed with breast cancer and many have suffered the loss of a loved one due to this terrible disease.

Here at Cloud, we believe that no one should be alone in the battle against Breast Cancer. Whether you are battling personally or fighting for someone you love, we believe that friends, family and community are an essential part of this equation.

Given that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we felt an essential need to educate ourselves on breast cancer, how we can take care of ourselves and how we can support those who may be putting on a brave face during their battle. Our platform focuses on the joy of dance and fitness, while bringing together a community of people who share a common passion. Not only this passion something that lights a spark in our instructors and members, but is something that is believed to be important for those who may be battling a diagnosis such as breast cancer.

Through extensive research over the years, there is ample information available that can be beneficial to learning more about breast cancer and how to lower your risk. The Canadian Cancer Society is a great resource for learning more about breast cancer facts, preventative measures, signs and symptoms, and even how to give a self-examination.

One key component that should be highlighted is the impact of dance/fitness on breast cancer patients; those with a recent diagnosis and those who are in remission or complete remission. The multitude of physical and mental benefits that we see in the average healthy individual can also be seen in individuals battling cancer, specifically breast cancer, and may even help lower your risk. There is strong data to support that incorporating regular physical activity into your lifestyle, such as dance and fitness classes can:

- reduce your risk of developing breast cancer

- reduce your risk of recurrence following treatment for breast cancer

- increase chance of survival for those with breast cancer

- manage symptoms associated with the treatment of breast cancer

The great news is that there is a relationship between the benefits and amount of exercise with lowering breast cancer risk. The other great news is that it is never too late to benefit from exercise. Individuals who start to exercise after their diagnosis seem to see the positive effects when compared to those who do not exercise at all.

Participating in exercise, especially group dance/fitness classes can bring a sense of belonging, support and joy to individuals with breast cancer, and can be a great way for friends and family to help support loved ones throughout their fight.

Although there are many physical and mental challenges that come along with a breast cancer diagnosis that may deter someone from participating in physical activity, there is no doubt it can provide so much more than a good sweat. There may be particular guidelines for someone to follow during and following their diagnosis depending on treatment and progression of the disease, so talking to a doctor is strongly recommended before engaging in any form of physical activity.

Whether you have been personally impacted by breast cancer or would like to donate and show support, there are many ways to help with this fight and to learn more about this disease that impacts millions of women around the world.

Cloud is honoured to be hosting a Burlesque for Breast Cancer virtual dance class to help raise awareness and donations for the Canadian Cancer Society. This event will take place via Zoom on Thursday, October 15th at 8pm. ALL proceeds will be donated to the Canadian Cancer Society and this class will be sure to bring a sense of community to all participants. Please join our amazing instructor DeAnna Butt for an empowering and fun-filled class that will help change lives for years to come.