I am a flamenco mom. That means I am a flamenco dancer and a mom. Pretty obvious, right? But what is life like as a flamenco mom? Pretty hectic, of course.
Other working moms are at work while the kids are at school. I work while the kids are in bed.
I’m blessed in that my days are available to help with homework and be the chauffeur for the afternoon activities… because there’s nothing more fulfilling than that. *sigh*
What do I do while the kids are at school? Sitting around eating bon bons, of course! No? Actually, I plan classes, try to get to the studio to rehearse, teach some privates, update my website, plan for the next show. I also do the other household stuff like cook dinner, buy the groceries… I won’t even pretend to say that I clean. The house is usually “lived in”.
The hardest part of being a flamenco mom, I think, is over. When the kids were younger it was so physically demanding. I would get to class absolutely exhausted, but grateful to be around “my people”.
Now I’m tired still when I get to class because of having a full day of “stuff.” But it’s easy to start classes and get into the groove of teaching after a nice warm up.
The one thing that truly is difficult is that flamenco is such a night time activity… the classes, the shows. I come home from class tired but I need a lot of time to unwind. Next thing I know it’s rather late (for me) and then I have to get up at oh-dark-thirty to get the kids ready for school.
My hats off to my other flamenco mommy friends with day jobs and kids and night time flamenco stuff.
But I can’t complain. I am blessed to have a supportive husband. I am blessed to have two healthy, brilliant (really!) children. I am blessed to be surrounded by amazing women in my classes. I am blessed to have worked with so many talented and inspiring artists. And I am blessed to be able to live my life as a flamenca.
Are you a flamenco mom? How about an artist mom? How do you cope?