Reinvention is the necessity of motherhood
Hello - you've found us! A big welcome from Dance Mama.
I'm Lucy McCrudden, Mother of two and Dance Specialist.
How are you? Dissatisfied with the amount of resources available for parents working in dance? Me too.
Working in a physically demanding industry like dance brings an extra dimension to your pregnancy and parenting experience.
Back in 2014, when I was a 33-year old mother of one, it occurred to me pretty early on that these issues were hardly talked about, let alone supported adequately in the formal arena.
So I decided to do something about it. I asked the then-known Dance UK (now part of One Dance UK), if I could write an article on the subject - not as an authority by any means, but someone to put some thoughts on paper and share it with you.
In the few years since, this has enabled me to collate a series of profiles of industry parents in many different situations. Dance Mama gives you the online version of our greatest resource - sharing. So please browse the selected interviews here to get the inside scoop on how to balance being a parent and work in dance.
Perhaps you too will feel inspired to share your story?
2021 marks the launch of Dance Mama Live! a one-of-a-kind online professional development programme for dancing parents supported by Arts Council England and in partnership with Sadler's Wells, One Dance UK, DanceXchange, Yorkshire Dance an Clearcut. Find out more and book a FREE spot here.
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Click here read more about my two decades career in dance learning and participation with organisations including The Royal Opera House, Rambert, The Place , DanceXchange and English National Ballet or visit my LinkedIn page.
My portfolio life is also a case study in business handbook Building A Portfolio Career – 3rd edition (Bourne, Lyons, McCrudden – Management Books 2000) – available on Amazon and at Portfolio Professionals Partnership.
Hopefully, these stories will resonate with some, spark some discussions for others and give some ideas for those in our community who are thinking about, or have already got a family and may not have the luxury of being close to a parent working in dance.
WHAT I BELIEVE
Here are the seven beliefs I have about what professional dancing parents need