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Dance Mama

Dance Mama

By Dance Mama
Lucy McCrudden, aka The Dance Mama discusses the issues surrounding being a parent in the professional dance sector. Talking to an array of guests from a wide variety of roles and backgrounds, Lucy explores the intricacies of blending these two, often conflicting roles.
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Dance Mama In Conversation with Sharon Watson MBE

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Dance Mama In Conversation with Nathalie Harrison
Lucy McCrudden, Founder, Dance Mama talks to Nathalie Harrison about being a parent alongside her 18-year career at The Royal Ballet as well as navigating the third UK lockdown in the COVID pandemic of 2020/21.   Nathalie has left the company in January 2021 and talks about the new, exciting phase in her career as well as reflecting on her experience starting her parenthood journey as a First Artist. She shares the support she was given throughout her pregnancy and re-entering the workspace in such a demanding role, as well as how she currently moves through her career transition to new and exciting opportunities, with a young family in the context of the pandemic.   (Recorded February 2021) For more information visit
April 29, 2021
Dance Mama In Conversation with Jessica Ward
Lucy McCrudden, Founder, Dance Mama talks with Jessica Ward, Principal of Elmhurst Ballet School about her journey in parenthood. The conversation moves through a variety of topics; single parenting, working in a demanding job as well as parenting in lockdown, policy-making for women and role modelling. A fantastic insight into one of the industry's leading #dancemama s lives. (Recorded February 2021)  For more information visit and
April 29, 2021
Dance Mama In Conversation with Simone Muller-Lotz
Lucy McCrudden, Founder of Dance Mama speaks with Simone Muller-Lotz, Dancer Support & Programmes Officer at Dancers Career Development and Founder of Focussing our discussion on postnatal rehab, we highlight new techniques and the importance of myth-busting, weaved into Simone's her-telling of her parenthood journey  This discussion is not intended to diagnose or treat any illness or injury and is for educational purposes only . Please remember, you should always consult your healthcare practitioner before commencing any physical activity.  (Recorded November 2020) For more information visit
April 29, 2021
Dance Mama In Conversation with Fern Potter
Lucy McCrudden, Founder of Dance Mama talks to legendary dance and arts fundraising #dancemama Fern Potter. Fern shares her experience of motherhood across her various roles as a teacher and choreographer as well as one of the most well-known and successful development experts in the sector. She highlights the importance of social networks as a new mother and the need for educating and researching support for professional dancing parents.  (Recorded January 2021) For more information visit
April 29, 2021
Dance Mama In Conversation with Steven McRae
Lucy McCrudden, Dance Mama, speaks with Steven McRae, Principal of The Royal Ballet about being a #dancepapa in a #dancedynasty wife and soloist, Elizabeth and their 3 children. Filmed over the second UK lockdown of the 2020 pandemic, Steven talks about their approach to the challenges and gifts of being a Dad with one of the most demanding and prestigious jobs on stage. (Recorded November 2020)  For more information visit and
April 29, 2021
Dance Mama In Conversation with Ruby Wolk
Lucy McCrudden, aka Dance Mama in conversation with Ruby Wolk, Senior Ballet Manager, Learning and Participation at the Royal Opera House, talking all thing about being a parent in the dance world. Recorded during June 2020, this conversation covers life before and after the pandemic.    For more information visit and
April 29, 2021
Dance Mama In Conversation with Active Pregnancy Foundation
Dance Mama Founder, Lucy McCrudden, spoke with new charity, Active Pregnancy Foundation i, to find out more about their already significant contribution to empowering women to be active in pre and postnatal phases - particularly during the lockdown period of COVID19 pandemic of 2020. Sally Kettle, CEO & Co-Founder (Author, Adventurer, Campaign & Wellness Expert) along with Director & Co-Founder, Dr Marlize de Vivo (Biokineticist, Sports Rehabilitator & Senior Research Fellow) talk about their passion, ambitions and steps they are taking to educate all networks supporting women to help them feel empowered to engage in physical activity.  (Recorded May 2020) For more information and
April 29, 2021
Dance Mama In Conversation with Sharon Watson MBE
Lucy McCrudden (Founder,  Dance Mama) deep-dives about dance and parenthood with multi-award winning, recent MBE recipient,  CEO & Principal of Norther School of Contemporary Dance (NSCD). We talk about the realities of her trailblazing journey in dance as a parent and the importance of inclusion and empowerment for young dancers to forge the future of the art form. (Recorded Dec 3 2020) For more information visit: and 
April 29, 2021
Dance Mama In Conversation With Kate Flatt OBE
KATE FLATT OBE 'I have confidence in being a creator.' Mother of two. Choreographer and Movement Director. Lucy had the honour of talking to one of Britain's most celebrated choreographers and movement directors, Kate Flatt OBE, about her experiences as a mother and prolific British artist, well-known for her legendary contribution to the original West End production of Les Misérables. This she created whilst her daughter was 5 years old and her son was a baby! Kate's inspiring journey of working on multiple productions all over the world is an exceptional example of the intricacies required when navigating a family with an incredibly successful artistic career. Kate has worked across a variety of art forms including opera, ballet, musical theatre, theatre and dance. Her work includes Three Sisters, Dream Play, Albert Speer (NT); Dr Faustus, T’is Pity She’s a Whore (Young Vic); Hamlet (Old Vic), Kreutzer Sonata (The Gate); Fiddler on the Roof, the original Les Misérables (West End). Dance theatre includes Undivided Loves (Phoenix Dance), The Dancing Room (BBC2), Soul Play, Ballroom of Joys and Sorrows, Oss and Ox, Step Ladder and a Goat, The Weathermen (WPT).Opera includes Turandot, Aida, (ROH); Gloriana, Peter Grimes (Opera North) The Carmelites, Verdi’s Requiem (ENO). Kate is a Rayne Foundation and Churchill Fellow. She was awarded an OBE in 2020. For more information about Kate and Dance Mama, click here. This was recorded over Zoom during the UK's social restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic January 2021, and released for #mothersday to release Dance Mama's Podcast and in celebration of the launch week of Dance Mama Live! starting on #internationalwomensday March 8, 2021. 
March 13, 2021
What is a 'dancing parent' ?
Meet Lucy McCrudden, Founder, Dance Mama and your host! Dance Mama is an advocacy entity celebrating professional dancing parents, highlight the issues that they face and providing inspiration, information and support. It began as an article after the birth of Lucy's eldest child in One Dance UK’s magazine back in 2014 and quickly became a 'vital and unique' (Andrew Hurst MBE) platform. It now holds of 50 stories - some of which are being curated to be part of Dance Mama's podcast series.  Dance Mama also provides a mentoring programme, information hub and most recently Dance Mama Live! A programme of professional development activity online, supporting by the Arts Council and in partnership with Sadler’s Wells, One Dance UK, Yorkshire Dance, DanceXchange and Clearcut.
March 10, 2021