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'Lucy is warm, enthusiastic, professional and brilliantly funny.'

-takes one to know one-

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Artist, Lecturer, Teacher and Researcher

"Incredibly useful and reassuring." 

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Dance Mama provided us with the valuable space and time to plan and prepare for having my baby in the studio with us as we worked, helping us consider the possibilities and options, as well as how we might feel doing this which is very important!


Lucy's insight and knowledge has been very useful for us adjusting to my new role outside of work and allow me to feel like I am much more able to combine dance and motherhood in a way that works for both me and my baby. My little girl loves watching the dancers and jigging along to the musicians as we create!

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Hooray! You've found what you've been looking for :)

Mentor Mama sessions enable you to have the tailored, flexible mentoring support you need as a parent working in the dance sector.

The gear shift into parenthood is challenging for most people. For dance folk, this can feel amplified due to our specific training and experience in a vocational career. 

Building on my years of experience mentoring hundreds of artists, colleagues and young people in world-class programmes over the years, combined with my own lived experience, (see my TEDx)  I offer this service to help you make the most of being a parent in dance. 

Mentor Mama is designed for people who want:


about your purpose and dance career goals within a parental context 


made of  tangible steps to help you to achieve 


from a mentor who implicitly understands


to focus on yourself for a change

and think about your future

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"A much needed moment of reflection and sound-boarding with @lucymccrudden made even better with a little Easter present. Thank you." 

- Mentee

'Lucy felt like the perfect fit'


One to one


A personal, one-to one session that can be just a one-off session (sometimes that's all you need!) or series of sessions for me to be a soundboard and help you focus on what you want and how you can get there as parent in dance.  


Each 1-hour session

online or in-person is 

£75 per session

Your first 1-hour session is a 

voluntary contribution /

pay what you can afford

(Yep, you read that right!)

30% off regular priced sessions when you're a Silver Member

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Bespoke Support

Mentor Mama sessions are effective facilitation between an aspiring parent/ parent and their dance organisation to enhance nurturing and support of the parent and deepen companies' and organisations' understanding. 


Available as stand-alone sessions or part of a bespoke package which is tailored to meet the needs of an organisation and their budget. 

Each 1-hour 

mentoring session online or in-person is £75 per session

Gold Membership can include other elements as you see fit such as consultancy on how you support parents. 

Contact us directly to discuss you needs and work out a your package. 


'I've left our sessions revived, confident and inspired'

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Parenting can be hard, a career in dance can be hard, but

you don't have to feel limited. ​

I have lived experience as a mother of two and a 20-year career in dance. 

My mentees include many freelancers in a range of roles across the industry (performers, teachers, dance scientists, administrators), and I have worked with a range people in this way via organisations including One Dance UK, Rambert, ISTD, AWA Dance, Candoco, Gracefool Collective and The Place.

In addition, I have mentored hundreds of young people in a variety of contexts including Centres for Advanced Training at The Place and Dance East, Rambert, Rambert School, The BRIT School, and WOW (Women of the World) Festival on the London Eye.

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Ballet Teacher and ISTD, DDP Mentee

"Not only was she [Lucy] inspirational and knowledgable but she was supportive, sensitive and understanding of my situation. (E.g being a mother to a 9 month old and managing to fit in the course on limited sleep)



Dance Artist

After having our first child and settling back into work I felt I needed support and guidance as to where I want to take my career next.


Lucy felt like the perfect fit. I feel that I can be honest with Lucy about my hopes and ambitions for the future. Alongside, voicing my concerns and fears without being judged.


After only one session, through Lucy’s support and coaching, I’ve managed to find more balance, made clear decisions about what I do want to pursue in my work, in the short term. And I’m on an exciting road to discovering and working out what my long term plans will be for my future in the dance sector. 


Lucy is warm, enthusiastic, professional and brilliantly funny. I’ve left our sessions feeling revived, confident and inspired to move forwards and take on new challenges.


Having Lucy as my coach and mentor is proving to invaluable and I can’t recommend her enough. I’m looking forward to seeing what comes out of our following sessions over this year.


Movement Artist

During my time being mentored by Lucy, I found her to be supportive, flexible and friendly. She was extremely approachable and her positive disposition made meetings fun and not intimidating. She took a holistic approach with my mentoring, not only looking at my dance practice and career but giving me practical advice that could be applied to many aspects of my life. Together with Lucy, we identified a set of goals many of which I have achieved, but some I continue to work on. The connections I made through the mentoring process were invaluable and have made a real difference in the progression of my career and the development of my skill set.

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AWA Mentee, Dance Artist

"Thank you so much for such a beautiful, creative mentoring session. I really appreciate you took the time to listen to me my about my son and for all your kind words support and reassurance.

Thank you so much for all the notes and suggestions with regards to my work and parenting life.  I am very grateful for your advice and for sharing all the information about different platforms, opportunities where I can find more connections, ideas in order to feed my practice and my work. You have encouraged me to follow my path and to make more space for other things to happen, opening eyes to other possibilities.


Thank you again for seeing the potential in what I do. You have given me lots of motivation, fuelling my passion and interests to get on track and carry on my work.  I am very grateful to have you as my mentor!!!

Thank you again for all the links!!! I can’t wait to start working on the ideas we talked about and more."


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'Supportive, flexible and friendly'


Please use the button below contact me to apply for Mentor Mama sessions.

It may then take up to 10 working days for me to process your enquiry.

You will receive a notification via email when submitted. 

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