Dancing with ED, Inc. was founded in 2013 by former ballet dancer and eating disorder survivor Amy Kathleen Lee (formerly Amy Waddle). For over eight years our mission has been to inspire all members of the dance community to love and care for their bodies through eating disorder awareness, outreach and education. Some of it’s projects include: Stages of Change: A Dancer’s Body Journey, Sharing Space as we Shelter in Place, Voting for Me, Mind. Body. Heart. A Mindfulness, Movement, and Expressive He’arts Camp for young dancers, I am Enough: A Body Journey Workshop, Body Talk, and our latest project, Share my Story.
Due to recent events brought on by the pandemic, Dancing with ED has evolved to meet the ever growing need for mental health awareness, education and resources in the dance community including eating disorders and body image struggles. To better serve the community and broaden our reach, we have decided to dissolve our 501c3 and join Amy in her work as a mental health educator, speaker, and suicide prevention trainer. Dancing with ED will continue its mission to raise awareness of eating disorders in the dance community while inspiring dancers to love and care for their bodies.
Amy Kathleen Lee, Founder
As a former pre-professional classical ballet dancer, Amy Kathleen Lee is all too familiar with the pressures dancers face on a daily basis. She studied pre-professional classical ballet with the Virginia School of the Arts in Lynchburg, Va. under Jan Petrus Bosman, Principal dancer from the Royal Ballet. After a career ending spinal injury in 1994, she developed bulimia and battled her eating disorder for almost two decades. Amy then pursued healing, and she was inspired to create a place for herself as an eating disorder recovery advocate for dancers. She worked to see that vision come to fruition and founded her non-profit, Dancing with ED Inc, in 2013.
At the start of her professional career, Amy worked as a nationally certified massage therapist. She started working in the field of behavioral health in 2008 due to her diagnosis of Bipolar II Disorder. She has worked as a Children’s Specialist in a Domestic Violence Shelter, a Paraeducator in Special Education, and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services from the University of Phoenix.
Her nonprofit organization, Dancing with ED, is where she shares her passion for recovery in the dance community and creates projects to support her mission: to raise awareness of eating disorders as well as inspire dancers to love and care for their bodies. Her creative works include: Stages of Change: A Dancer’s Body Journey, Sharing Space as we Shelter in Place, Voting for Me, Mind. Body. Heart. A Mindfulness, Movement and Expressive He’arts Camp for young dancers, I am Enough: A Body Journey Workshop, Body Talk, and her latest project, Share my Story.
Amy loves to communicate her passion on stage as an inspirational speaker. She tells stories from her journey and triumph over bulimia, suicide, trauma, and abuse to spread hope to others and to let people know that they are not alone. She is an award-winning mental health advocate, member of the Suicide Prevention Council of San Luis Obispo and National Alliance for Mental Illness, Certified Youth Mental Health First Aid Trainer, Q.P.R. Trainer, speaker for the Stamp Out Stigma Speakers Bureau, and serves as an advisor to two non-profits, Teens 4 Teens Help and Hunger for Awareness.
Contact Amy by email at Amykwaddle@gmail.com