Eastern Delights Fancy Dress Weekend

It has been a while since I last wrote a blog post for a number of reasons but of course the main reason has been the pregnancy. Because of this I thought I would write an updated post about my dance journey while pregnant as a lot has changed since I announced my pregnancy on my blog.

I am currently 25 weeks pregnant and the biggest difficulty I have faced is dealing with the unknown. ‘Will I be able to continue my courses or will my body force me to stop? Will I be able to teach certain moves? Will I be able to perform this choreography in a couple months time when the event is held or will I need to change it closer to the time?’ and ‘should I just take myself out of future performances just in case I can’t do them?’.

Wedding Anniversary Performance

These are just some of the questions that have been swirling around in my mind when trying to plan classes and performances. I hate letting people down or messing them around when they are planning an event (as I understand from my experiences of planning halfas) but the trouble is I don’t know the answers to these questions. Thankfully everyone has been very understanding and have allowed me to send my music in a bit later and are okay with me not performing if I find I am unable to. I have also stopped performing private gigs because of the uncertainty since it is a big difference between dancing at an event for free for fun and a paid gig. I certainly don’t want to be booked for a big occasion only to pull out due to not being able to perform.

If it was just the pregnancy that I had to try and dance/ teach with then I really don’t think it would be a problem since I am not too heavy (being small to begin with) and I feel good dancing with baby in my belly. Sadly though I have had constant colds and coughs throughout my pregnancy due to my immune system keeping baby healthy (which I am thankful for of course) but has really caused me to struggle in my work. I feel more exhausted from coughing so much that trying to plan a course or even practise my dancing to keep myself fit has been a big difficulty. My body is telling me to lie down and rest but my mind is going ‘You have this performance coming up that needs sorting’ or ‘what are you planning to teach in a few weeks time’ so the frustration builds up to the point of thinking ‘can I even run my business while pregnant?’

After 3 weeks of coughing and anti-biotics not working I was ready to stop everything since I couldn’t see myself feeling strong enough to teach and perform any more. Thankfully this week my cough has calmed down and I have been feeling more like myself again so I am sticking to my plan of working until the end of October and performing in a couple of events to keep me going.

Yes I will admit after seeing photos of other dancers performing at lots of events or enjoying great workshops by fantastic teachers it can get me down as I can’t do what I used to. This will be the first of many sacrifices I will need to make in order to be a mother and care for my child and I’m okay with that.

But it’s not all doom and gloom dancing while pregnant since my little boy (yes I am having a little BOY which I am thrilled about) seems to already love music since he starts kicking when music plays so maybe I will have a future percussionist or maybe even a dancer?

I also love dancing with my big belly and I haven’t actually felt the need to cover it up like I had originally planned to. Knowing that I am never alone and that my little boy is dancing with me is such a lovely feeling and despite the difficulties I wouldn’t change it for the world.

 

Keep up to date with Joanne’s performances in 2016 by visiting the events page

 

Main photo taken at Folkestone Festival’s ‘Fancy Dress Weekend’ on 13th Aug 2016 by Victoria Coombes

Side photo taken at Wedding Anniversary on 16th July 2016 by Ursula Underhill

The Uncertainties of Dancing Through Pregnancy