ANONYMOUS DANCE ARTIST & CHOREOGRAPHER
Mother of two. This choreographer, teacher and mentor is passionate about making work that brings together diverse sections of society, focusing on people with different cultural heritages and dance backgrounds. She has been an Artist in Education and freelance choreographer since 2007, and has taught in a wide range of high profile dance organisations in the UK.
What is the most challenging aspect of working in dance and being a parent for you?
Not enough money, un-family-friendly hours.
What support did you feel you had from work when you were pregnant?
A lot the first time. I was able to take a year off and come back the amount of days asked for.
Was there anything that may not have been in place that you felt could have been useful?
I went to them with a solution, but they refused.
Do you think being a dancer made you think differently about your pregnancy/recovery?
Yes. My body is my friend and we worked well together. Also I was fit and strong which I think helped make child birth an amazing experience.
From your experience, what advice would you give to an expectant parent regarding leave?
Be brave and as a true to yourself as possible (and as economically possible). If you want to go back to work full time, go. If you want to hang out, hang out. If you want to take the baby to rehearsal, take it.
What changed most for you on your return to work?
Feeling split between my work and my family.
Does parenting help you in your work?
Yes, it has inspired many choreographic works and a solo performed by myself.
Does dance help you in your parenting?
Yes, because I am strong and can play excellent musical statues.
Do you know of any resources that already exist for parents who work in dance?