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SHARON WATSON MBE
'...you can absoloutley continue to be physical, safely [pregnant]. Having pregnant people in your environment is nothing new...it's not taboo either, so let's embrace that and make our environments supportive for that ...

Mother of two. CEO & Principal, Northern School of Contemporary Dance 

Lucy had the privilege of talking to trailblazing #dancemama, Sharon Watson MBE about her motherhood experience. Well-known for being one of the first female dancers with Phoenix Dance Company, Watson became long-standing Artistic Director for a decade before commencing her knew role as CEO and Principal at Northern School of Contemporary Dance in 2020. 

We discuss a wide array of issues including pregnancy, parenthood, financial pressures, colleague and systemic support, policy and the importance of being examples to younger dancers in continuing to create and make dance, as dance is of great value to our cultural economy - particularly in COVID times. 

This was recorded over Zoom during the UK's social restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic December 2020. 

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