Based in New York, the Pretty Big Movement became the first international full-figured dance company in 2008. Masterfully merging various dance genres such as Hip-Hop, Jazz, African and Modern, they've created a space where full-figured dancers can be seen as the dynamic artists they are.
PBM Founder and CEO Akira Armstrong continuously found herself surrounded by beautiful, confident, plus-sized women in the entertainment industry for years of auditions and performances. Recognizing the lack of support and stable platforms for dancers like herself, Akira used her determination and experience to build her empire known as Pretty BIG Movement.
Within a few years of inception, Pretty BIG Movement had a healthy amount of loyal followers; inspiring all genders across the world to get back onto the dance floor.
By 2015, PBM made their debut on Vh1’s hit TV Show, Ladies Of Hip Hop, NBC’s America’s Got Talent and Lane Bryant’s ‘I’m No Angel Campaign’. This exposure amplified their spotlight allowing the movement to continue to get booked for large scale events such as Carnival (Choreographers Ball), Ms. Full Figured USA Pageant, The 3rd Annual Female Hip Hop Honor Award Show, CurvyCon, and many more.
The Pretty BIG Movement has also had the opportunity to travel internationally to places such as Rome, Italy, and Seoul, Korea to build community through teaching dance workshops. Currently, Pretty BIG offers dance workshops across the world to all, while still creating an intentional space for full-figured people. Pretty BIG heavily supports a No Judgment environment. It is in these spaces that individuals can feel comfortable dancing and being a part of a community with others.