Tag: motherhood

The Challenges of Dancing While Parenting While Going Through a Pandemic

When Yvonne Montoya climbs all over the piano while her 12-year-old son Buddy tries to practice on it, we might guess that she is either having a parental meltdown or making a dance. Turns out, it’s both. “It’s been wild, and completely overwhelming,” says Montoya from her Tucson, Arizona home, where she lives with Buddy […]

This Mother/Daughter Duo Is Dancing In The Same Company—But Only For One Season

There’s a surprising twist to Regina Willoughby’s last season with Columbia City Ballet: It’s also her 18-year-old daughter Melina’s first season with the company. Regina, 40, will retire from the stage in March, just as her daughter starts her own career as a trainee. But for this one season, they’re sharing the stage together. Performing […]

How Becoming a Mother Changed Lindsi Dec's Dancing

Lindsi Dec is one of the pillars of Pacific Northwest Ballet: From Balanchine to Wheeldon, her mastery of principal roles brings a dynamic spark, strength and expansive spirit to the stage. Last year in January, Dec took on the biggest role of her life when she and husband Karel Cruz (also a principal with PNB) […]

How to Time Motherhood with a Ballet Career

I feel torn about taking time off from dance to have a child. I’m married and my biological clock is ticking. I just don’t know what age to take the leap for the health of the child. —Would-Be Mother, San Francisco, CA In addition to the baby’s health, there’s also your health to consider when […]