Jenna Marbles is living in the shadow of her father, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease when she was just three months old.
“He had a vision of me as a child, and as an adult, I can’t be a child anymore,” said Marbles.
“I have a very big vision, and I can see that now.”
For years, Marbles has struggled with a fear of nudity.
“It was never something that I would consider doing for myself,” she said.
“And now, having grown up, I have to accept that it’s part of who I am.”
Marbles, who is now 25, is a member of Marble League, an outdoor nude dance party that has held events across Canada and the U.S. since 2015.
“You’re supposed to be at home and doing something,” said Janice Marbles who founded the club in 2006.
“But it’s always in the back of your mind.”
After a year in the club, Marples decided to become a part of the team, joining the dance troupe at a nearby park.
The experience was more than she could have imagined.
“For the first few years, it was really hard to find the space,” she recalled.
“The people at the park, they were really nice, but when you were doing a lot of dancing, there was just a lot to deal with.”
After three years, she began attending classes and began attending dance workshops at the school where she lives.
It wasn’t until she attended the dance club at a school party that the fear of becoming a naked child began to subside.
“We did dance classes for a year and a half, and that was really difficult,” she added.
“Even though it was just one class, I started to realize I could be a part to it.”
Marples said that as she grew older, her father was diagnosed, and the fear subsided.
She also began wearing clothing that would show her body more, and eventually began to dress in her own clothes at the dance events.
“So it’s just been a slow process, and it’s been a big change for me,” she explained.
“When I think about what it was like growing up, it’s kind of surreal.”
Marble League is the brainchild of the Marbles family.
Janice and her husband have been involved with the group since their first dance in 2008.
“Every now and then, you get a call from a member asking for help,” she recounted.
“There’s a lot more people in the community now that understand that we need to support each other.”
I really want to do it, but I don’t know where I’m going to start, because I just don’t feel comfortable.
I don, too, have a fear that I might lose my family and my husband.” “
Especially for our family.
I don, too, have a fear that I might lose my family and my husband.”
Janice said that for years, they have struggled with the same fears of the community.
But now, it has finally subsided, and she is feeling confident enough to try it for the very first time.
“At first, I didn’t really know if it was something that would be possible for me, but it just sort of became a part, and now, I feel so much better,” she laughed.
“People say, ‘Well, it seems like you’re in it for yourself.
You don’t need to go to school to get out.'”
“I’ve been very blessed to have this experience,” said Meryl Marbles as she walked out of the gym, wearing a purple tank top and shorts.
“That’s so cool to know that my family has been really supportive and I’ve gotten to be a dancer.”