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GirlPower

The Story of GirlPower!

By Susanne Liebich

About 9 years ago, my daughter, who was 12, started going through puberty. At that time, I noticed changes in her personality, physical appearance and emotional being which indicated my days of having a “little girl” were over.While I tried to accept this, I also felt her safety, her health, her learning and even her self-care were increasingly out of my control. Although we were careful in what media to expose her to when she was younger, it was becoming more difficult to protect her from outside influences when she was outside the home. My daughter, and other girls of her age, were barraged with media images on the internet of skinny young women. These images evolved into unrealistic expectations of looking like a supermodel which developed into insecurities about weight, body image, beauty and social acceptance.

I felt girls needed something completely different

As a mother of a preteen girl, my observation was that perhaps what girls needed was something completely different, where learningwas stress-free and where they could simply“be” who they are in a completely non-competitive, nurturing and accepting environment. My idea was to come up with a program where certain self-care skills such as yoga, nutrition, cooking and hiking were taught along with expressive activities such as art, dance and music. There would be a general theme and a mix of activities each day, and the overall result would be one of enjoyment, relaxation and acquiring self-confidence through learning how to care for oneself while simultaneously discovering their unique strengths. There would be a general theme and a mix of activities each day, and the overall result would be one of enjoyment, relaxation and acquiring self-confidence through learning how to care for oneself while simultaneously discovering their unique strengths.

There would be a general theme of enjoyment, relaxation and acquiring self-confidence
while discovering their unique strengths.

Also, with a supportive environment, it’s easy to foster new friendships where each girl can shine individually and yet still feel part of the community. I wanted to provide girls with a ‘safe cocoon’ to meet new friends outside the typical social cliques at school and more competitive activities. GirlPower! is about providing girls with the chance to be their unique selves and discover a path that resonates with them.


"Phoebe was able to focus on herself and by being in a class with mostly new friends she could explore her own feelings and opinions with freedom from judgment."

"My daughter has had such a wonderful week!! She has loved every aspect of everything you did."


Learn more about the GirlPower! program.

Click here for For examples of previous summers’ GirlPower! programs.

Read an article from The Concord Journal on GirlPower! "Concord Resident's Program Empowers Girls"

For questions, email susanne@dancingwellness.com.



WELLNESS PROGRAMS FOR TWEENS AND TEENS. If you are interested in your school, church, or community organization hosting one of these events, please contact susanne@dancingwellness.com or call 508-527-3570.