The Mum Swap Solution to Dressing Room Dramas
Dance Mums Blog
by Julie Green
9M ago
We all know the scene: it's competition day, and you're navigating a whirlwind of sequins, hairspray, and quick costume changes. Just when you think you've got it all under control, your darling dancer decides it's the perfect time to throw a dressing room diva tantrum. I completely understand... Our little stars are carrying a load of pressure, and every now and then, that pressure valve lets out a dance mum-directed hiss! So this has got me thinking about how we can pull together and help each other out – I have an idea thats a game changer: it's time to unleash the power of the "Mum Swap ..read more
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Guardians of Safety: Balancing Privacy and Protection for Young Dancers on Instagram
Dance Mums Blog
by Julie Green
9M ago
As a dance mum, I showcase my childs hard work and talent on Instagram. It's a platform that allows young dancers to gain exposure, connect with others in the dance community, and share their passion with the world. However, recent events have shaken my faith in the safety of this seemingly innocent platform. Just this week, we discovered an alarming incident where an individual posing as a child manipulated unsuspecting New Zealand dancers, leading to dangerous and inappropriate situations. This incident serves as a stark reminder of the importance of prioritising safety on Instagram. First t ..read more
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Confessions of a procrastinating Dance Mum
Dance Mums Blog
by Julie Green
9M ago
It’s that time of the year again, folks! My little dancing diva, is all set to compete in her first dance comp of 2023, and we're heading to Tauranga for the @launchdancenz dance comp! I'm excited, but as a dance mum, I'm also a hot mess of nerves. Its 6.30am on Saturday and I’m writing this blog, that’s my nerve level rating! As I scroll through Instagram, I see so many dance mums showcasing their kids and how diligently they've been practicing for their competitions. And then there's me, the slack dance mum who only started practicing with my baby girl four weeks ago. We gave her a break a ..read more
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Dance Mum Diaries: When Your Little Dancer Hates Practicing, But All You See is Perfection on Instagram
Dance Mums Blog
by Julie Green
9M ago
Being a dance mum can be a rollercoaster of emotions. One minute, you're beaming with pride as you watch your little dancer shine on stage. The next, you're pulling your hair out as they refuse to practice their routine. If you're feeling like you're the only dance mum going through this, let me tell you, you're not alone! It can be frustrating to see all the perfect dance mums on Instagram showcasing their well-behaved and well-practiced little dancers. It can make you feel like you're the only one struggling to get your kiddo on board with practice. But the truth is, behind every perfect dan ..read more
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Raising Happy and Healthy Dancers
Dance Mums Blog
by Julie Green
9M ago
Today’s blog is written by Shannon McGregor. With 15 years of dance experience, Shannon's passion for ballet, dance, and gymnastics led her to focus on improving the health of performing artists. She has over a decade of experience as a physiotherapist and now runs Element Physiotherapy and Wellness in Tauranga. Shannon shares her top tips for setting dance students up for success. As a parent, navigating through all the different information on health must be overwhelming and with busy dancer, that’s another thing! Essentially, the dance parents I come across are trying their best to raise ha ..read more
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From Twinkle Tot to Solo Sensation: My Accidental Journey as a Dance Mum
Dance Mums Blog
by Julie Green
9M ago
As a Non competitive ex dancer myself with slim to no Comp dance experience but a penchant for heavy makeup and a love of sequins, I stumbled quickly into the realms of Toddlers and Tiaras or being a Dance Mum kind of by accident. My daughter started dancing at the tender age of 2.5 when she was still sleeping in a crib and drinking a bottle daily. I joked one day to her dance teacher that I’d love to get her into Pageants ( I wasn’t really joking though was I) and she said nooooo get her info solos, we absolutely spiralled from there. Bunny started training for comps at the tender age of 4 wh ..read more
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Welcome to my Blog!
Dance Mums Blog
by Julie Green
9M ago
Hi, I’m Julie. Having spent years as a dancer and choreographer, these days I have hung up my glittery shoes and can often be found cheering on my daughter Mckenzie (Macca as she is normally known on the dance floor) from the sidelines – I consider myself the ultimate Dance Mum.  And trust me, I’ve still got the spandex and glittery hair accessories to prove it. As a "dance mum," I’m a regular at dance competitions in Auckland and the Bay of Plenty regions. But don't let my dance mum status fool you – I still believe I’m a force to be reckoned with when it comes to my own dancing skills ..read more
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Dance Mums: The Superheroes of the Dance World
Dance Mums Blog
by Julie Green
9M ago
When you think of superheroes, you probably think of Superman flying through the sky, or Spiderman swinging from building to building. But what you may not know is that there's a group of superheroes right under our noses, and they're called Dance Mums. These supermums possess a unique set of skills that would make even Batman jealous. They can juggle costumes, snacks, and a spare pair of ballet shoes, all while blindfolded (and sometimes even with one hand tied behind their back). This is no small feat, and it requires an incredible amount of organisation and multitasking skills - or as we li ..read more
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Who needs a social life when you have a child who is a dancer?
Dance Mums Blog
by Julie Green
9M ago
You'll be too busy navigating the exciting world of dance competitions and recitals, where the real competition is finding a parking spot closer than a KM away from the venue. But the real perk is you'll finally master the art of dance parent multitasking, from curling hair and applying stage makeup, to simultaneously cheering for your child and checking your phone for updates on the score. And let's not forget about the thrill of watching your child perform on stage, where you'll experience a whole new level of stage-parent-anxiety, but it's totally worth it when you get to see your little on ..read more
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Hi, I’m Julie and I have a problem.......
Dance Mums Blog
by Julie Green
9M ago
As a dance mum, I have a sparkly little secret that I just can't keep under wraps any longer: I am completely and utterly obsessed with costumes covered in sequins and rhinestones. It's like a disease, I just can't resist the allure of a shiny, bedazzled ensemble. In fact, my addiction to buying sparkly costumes has reached new heights. I've lost count of how many I've purchased over the last 18 months, but I'm pretty sure the number is well into the double digits. My daughter has lost count too, but I think she's secretly thrilled to have a mum who is just as obsessed with dance wear as she i ..read more
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