Dance Mama Live! is an online, pioneering, 1-year programme of much-needed inspirational, informative and creative activity designed specifically to empower parents working in dance. 


Supported by Arts Council England, Dance Mama is working in partnership with One Dance UK, Sadler’s Wells, DanceXchange, Yorkshire Dance and Clearcut to bring the nation’s dancing parents the very best content they deserve in a FREE, digestible, monthly programme.


The programme proper will commence on 28 March 2021 and we ran two, FREE taster sessions with special guests, Etta Murfitt (Associate Artistic Director, New Adventures) and Erin Sanchez, Manager of Health, Wellbeing and Performance (One Dance UK)  joining Dance Mama Founder, Lucy McCrudden, to give a flavour of what's to come.


It will be avilable as a replay for those who have booked a spot. 




Who can take part? 

Dance Mama is committed to being inclusive for parents from all backgrounds working in dance and extends this definition beyond performers to those working in studios and off-stage in professional contexts including state and private education. Yipee!

Our purpose is to create a designated space for you to be creative, inspired and informed – ideally live, but ultimately on your own terms and fits with your schedule (hence the replays!).

We warmly welcome participants who have had to step away from the industry for a period of time due to the pressures of parenting (this was a driver for the project) as well as welcoming those with sustained careers to build further on their skills with the potential for all participants to make connections that will be of benefit to them and the industry. 

Disclaimer: Always check with your healthcare practitioner before starting a new activity programme. You are responsible for your health and safety. Dance Mama is not liable for any injury or harm sustained whilst taking this programme. If you are a new parent, you will not be eligible to take part if you have not passed your 6-week health check. This opportunity is only availble to people aged 18 years or over. 

LAUNCH DATE: 08.03.2021


Photo credits, Etta Murfitt (Stephen Berkeley White), Erin Sanchez (Dani Bower) Lucy McCrudden (Pierre Tappon)

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For the programme proper starting in March 2021, over a period of  10 months (until December 2021), participants will engage with monthly sessions including:

  • A 1-hour webinar from one of the country’s leading specialists from a variety of backgrounds with proven experience in supporting working parents in physically reliant careers including Dr Steve Ingham (UK’s eminent performance scientist, leader & author) and Laura Godfrey-Isaacs (Artist, midwife, birth activist).

  • A 1-hour choreographic workshop from a spectrum of dance makers from across the organisations to give participants the opportunity to have space, explore and fuel their creativity (to be announced). 

Engagement is preferred live, but can take place on replay, making it realistic for many parents whose schedules are busy with their responsibilities – especially now!

The final session will culminate in an informal sharing online to allow participants the opportunity to share their work with each other in a supportive and relaxed environment. 


Running alongside the main programme of activity, Dance Mama will be providing dance and creative sessions for women in the general public deemed at risk of maternal health issues by registered healthcare practitioners. 

 ‘This is a landmark step for Dance Mama...this transformative programme will give many parents across the sector and beyond access to high quality, tangible and bespoke support.


It’s a much-needed opportunity that removes the barriers so many parents face to developing their dance careers, simply because of their circumstances.’

Lucy McCrudden, Founder


re-ignite your dance creativity or drive it further in an empathetic space


link up with other professional parents in dance  online and in real life


supporting women beyond dance


learn from pioneers in sport, medicine and arts who care deeply about dance parents futures


Please complete and submit the form below to be notified of Dance Mama Live! updates on tasters, the official launch, when registration will open and news of artists and guests taking part.

The programme proper is due to arrive March 2021.


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