GREAT NEXT READS
Fresh off my shelf, here are some great reads that have helped me, and the Dance Mama community, and some who have contributed to Dance Mama Live.
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Lucy is excited to be included in Maternal Journal's book. Lucy contributed a dance guide as a great extension to the journaling process alongside other artists including celebrated poet, Hollie McNish and authors Laura Godfrey-Isaacs and Samantha McGowan.
Laura is on our Research Advisory Group and has also been a featured Guest Speaker on Dance Mama Live! in 2021
Hot off Routledge's press is Professor Ali Duffy's book - with contribution from Dance Mama Founder, Lucy McCrudden
Dancing Motherhood explores how unique factors about the dance profession impact pregnant women and mothers working in it.
Ali Duffy introduces the book by laying a foundation of social and cultural histories and systemic structures and power that shape the issues mothers in dance negotiate today. This book then reveals perspectives from mothers in dance working in areas such as performance, choreography, dance education, administration, and advocacy though survey and interview data.
Based on participant responses, recommendations for changes in policy, hiring, evaluation, workplace environment, and other professional and personal practices to better support working mothers in dance are highlighted. Finally, essays from eight working mothers in dance offer intimate, personal stories and guidance geared to mothers, future mothers, policymakers, and colleagues and supervisors of mothers in the dance field.
By describing lived experiences and offering suggestions for improved working conditions and advocacy, this book initiates expanded discussion about women in dance and promotes change to positively impact dancing mothers, their employers, and the dance field.