Dance Mom Survival Guide


About the book:

Two dance moms. One crazy dance world. A humorous and helpful guidebook for parents of dancers, written by two dance moms who have not only “been there,” but “are there!” Lott and Martin talked to dance moms across the country, dance professors, a psychologist, and instructors, to bring the stage lights directly on the difficulties and joys of raising a dancer and helping them be successful. Is it anything like reality TV? —the role of a dance mom —the healthy dancer —the leap from dancer to team or company dancer —time and financial investment —improving communication —dance manners —camps, conventions and competitions —dance statistics —dealing with mistakes —how to make dance fun for moms Dance moms with dancers of all ages and stages will find useful information to help on the journey from dance class to stage star.Introduction by the Authors

Chapter 1: First Steps in the Dance World

Chapter 2: The Role of a Dance Mom

Chapter 3: Dressing a Dancer

Chapter 4: The Healthy Dancer

Chapter 5: First Leap – From Dancer to Team or Company  Dancer

Chapter 6: How Much is This Going to Cost?

Chapter 7: Away We Go! Dance Camps, Conventions and Competitions

Chapter 8: Communication is Key

Chapter 9: Dance Manners – The Golden Rule and Then Some

Chapter 10: Emotional Roller Coaster Ride – Competition, Mistakes and Attitude

Chapter 11: Down the Road – College and Dancing Professionally

Chapter 12: Dance Moms Just Wanna Have Fun

  • ISBN-10: 1938493079
  • ISBN-13: 978-1938493072

Available in trade paperback and ebook:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble

For boutique orders with a minimum order of 5, contact


The authors will be signing at the official OKC launch party along with TMI Mom: Oversharing My Life author Heather Davis from 2-4 p.m. at Sunday, April 14, 2013 at Full Circle Bookstore in 50 Penn Place. Door prizes by Trichology Salon, Miche rep Tina Ross, and Buzz Books USA. Let us eat cake!

Meet the authors:

Malena Lott (left) and Jill Martin

Malena Lott (left) and Jill Martin

Jill (right) has a B.A. in Child Development from Harding University. While at Harding, she fell in love with a handsome young man as they served together on a mission trip to Houston’s inner city. Soon after, they married and now have four fabulous children, one of whom is a dancer.

Malena Lott  is a married mother of from the Midwest where she is a dance mom, den mom, brand strategist and author. She is the author of four women’s fiction novels including Dating da Vinci and Something New. See all of her titles on her website: Connect with her@malenalott on Twitter and Instagram and on Facebook at

Their daughters dance together in the advanced teen company small group at Dance Phase in Edmond, OK.

Jill and Malena invite you to connect with them on their Facebook page:

and on Twitter @dancesurvival

The authors are available to Skype into your book club, or if in driving distance, to speak at your book club or studio. Email buzzbooksusa (at) me (dot) com.

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