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Here's a selection of articles about being a parent working in dance from across the globe.

Happy to add more recommendations! Contact me. 


10 years and counting: participating in dance as a parent

People Dancing

Lucy McCrudden, Founder/CEO Dance Mama reflects on the position of parents in dance from her time in training through to the latest developments of the award-winning non-profit company she founded to support dance professionals who are parents through activities, events mentoring and research.


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Identity crisis and talent loss: impacts of pregnancy and caring responsibilities on freelance mothers in dance

One Magazine,
One Dance UK

Professor Angela Pickard summarises her latests findings for PiPA Campaign supported by Dance Professionals Fund.

Link to full exec summary here


Image by Solen Feyissa

Meet 4 High-Profile Pros Who Have Launched an Online Platform to Support Other Dancing Mothers

Dance Magazine

Dancers, Ingrid Silva, Grace Whitworth, Xin Ying and Allison­ DeBona are profiled about starting Instagram account, Dancers & Motherhood. 

APRIL 2023


Surfing the raging sea: pregnancy and motherhood in dance during a pandemic

Taylor & Francis Online

Professor Ali Duffy (Texas Tech University, USA) writes her findings on being a parent in dance during the pandemic. 

Professor Ali Duffy has contributed her story on Dance Mama which you can read here

She is also a founding member of the International Parenting And Dance Network which you can find out about here

MARCH 2023

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Acknowledgment of Dance Mama Support from Scottish Ballet Principal

The Sunday Post

Bethany Kingsley-Garner speaks to The Sunday Post about her return to dance and how Dance Mama played a role in her transition back on stage. 

(image: Bethany Kingsley-Garner, Principal, Scottish Ballet, featured in our film

DEC 2022

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Dance Mama Supports Professional Dancing Parents in the UK

Dance Magazine US

Julia Mary Register speaks to our Founder, Lucy McCrudden, about how Dance Mama supports parents in dance. 

(image: Bethany Kingsley-Garner, Principal, Scottish Ballet, featured in our film

JUNE 2022

Opera House

Australian Ballet - A Mother's Laugh 

Australian Ballet

Amy Harris, Amber Scott and Dana Stephensen reflect on motherhood and their roles within the company in celebration of Mothers' Day. 

MAY 2022

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Dancing Parents

One Dance UK

Katie Stevens gives an update on the advancements in parenting in dance. 


Covid 19

Disappearing Act: Dance Artist Mothers in the Gig Economy of the Performing Arts in Canada

Demeter Press

Susie Burpee, Artistic Producer, Balancing Act Canada contributes to Mothers, Mothering, and Covid-19: Dispatches from the Pandemic

Edited by Andrea O'Reilly and Fiona Joy Green



Portfolio Professionals - an update from Dance Mama

Portfolio Professionals

Lucy McCrudden

As an arts case study in the third edition of 'Building A Portfolio Career' (Adrian Bourne, Christopher Lyons & Colin McCrudden), Lucy gives an update on how her portfolio has evolved over the pandemic. 

MAY 2021


Dance and Motherhood with Dance Mama

Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing

Lucy McCrudden

Interviewing five women who are members of the ISTD who work across the sector, Lucy highlights the issues faced by women business-owners in dance at different stages of parenthood.

APRIL 2021

Pregnant Belly

Patter of tiny feet: dancers on leaping into motherhood

The Guardian 

Lyndsey Winship speaks to #DanceMama Elizabeth Harrod, Lauren Cuthbertson, Bobbi Jean Smith, Temitope Ajose-Cutting, Kate Prince and Colette Hansford about their parenting experiences, supporting parents and the COVID-19 lockdowns.


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Ballet dancers in lockdown hear the patter of tiny feet

The Times 

The Times speaks to #DanceMama Lauren Cuthbertson and Tara Brigitte Bhavnani of the Royal Ballet talk about their parenting experiences in lockdown.



The Lights Aren't On And Everybody's Home

PiPA Campaign Ambassadors - incl. Lucy McCrudden​

#DanceMama contribution to the PiPA Campaign article on parents in the arts during the COVID19 crisis


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Does the dance industry lose it's female dancers to motherhood?

Belinda Lee Chapman

Belinda explores the question around why there are less women working in dance who are parents.

2019 (originally published 2016)

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Dancing after having a baby

KJ Mortimer blogs about her experience as a #DanceMama whilst performing with Stopgap Dance Company



Teen Ballet Dancer

Dancers in a new role talks to three American #DanceMama



White Maternity Tank Top

Are you a dancer and a mother? talks to four American #DanceMamas




Ballerinas with bumps: Elizabeth Harrod and Laura McCulloch on the challenges of balancing dancing and motherhood

Chris Shipman

Head of Brand Engagement & Soical Media

The Royal Opera House

Chris interviews two Soloists - one a new mother and the other expecting - on the challenge of juggling two hugely exhausting but rewarding jobs.

10 APRIL 2015

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Does the dance industry lose its female dancer leaders to Motherhood?

Belinda Lee Chapman

Fellow of The Arts Foundation /Dance UK Mentoring Programme 2015

Belinda explores her experience as a parent in dance and the effect this experience has on her peers and colleagues career advancement in the dance industry. 

Belinda is also a featured story



Dancing a new routine

Lucy McCrudden​

#DanceMama original article for One Dance UK


Pregnant Woman

Dancing Through Pregnancy talks to Australian #DanceMamas



Ali Duffy - Pandemic Mam
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