Get To Know...Dance Mom Holly
Find out more about me during the next drama filled episode of "Dance Moms Season 2", Tuesday nights at 9/8c on Lifetime.
Q: What was your New Year resolution?
A: My New Year resolution - spend more quality time with family.
Q: How would you feel if your child decided they wanted to stop dancing?
A: When dance is no longer fun for Nia then it is time to quit. I will support Nia with her decision. I would hope she does not regret that decision later in life.
Q: What’s in your purse?
A: My purse resembles Mary Poppins’ bag. I have just about everything you can imagine in my purse and it weighs a ton.
Q: What is your greatest regret?
A: No regrets… life is too short to worry about what I should have done. Life is precious, I don’t want to waste time worrying about regrets.
Q: What would you prefer for your child after they graduate high school: Broadway or College?
A: It has always been a dream for me to see Nia attend college after high school graduation. Nia talks about doing both college and Broadway after high school graduation. Her ambition is amazing!!
Q: How often do the girls dance each week and for how long?
A: Nia dances 4-5 days each week for approximately 3-4 hours at a time. When the girls are not in competition season they dance a couple of times a week for 2-3 hours at a time.
Q: At what age did each girl start dancing?
A: Nia started dancing at Abby’s studio when she was 3 and she joined the Abby Lee Dance Company at 5.
Q: How are they able to juggle school work and dance? Are any of them home-schooled?
A: Nia attends an independent school where the workload is fairly demanding and rigorous. I am proud of Nia’s strong work ethic. She is incredibly disciplined when it comes to completing schoolwork and juggling dance class/rehearsals. She is committed to both.
Q: What advice do you have for other young dancers and dance moms?
A: Remember to keep everything in perspective. The world of dance can be intense so it can be a challenge to maintain a healthy balance of what is really important.
Q: What is your ultimate goal with dancing?
A: Nia wants to be a professional dancer and performer. Although I want to support her in achieving her dream of becoming a professional dancer, I recognize that she is 10 years old and her career choice may change.
Q: What’s one routine that you’d like to see the girls do?
A: I would love to see the girls do a tap routine. I love tap and I think the girls enjoy tapping as well. Abby has a wonderful tap teacher on staff and he choreographs fabulous routines.
Q: What were you like in high school?
A: In high school, I was very quiet and shy. I was, and still am, a bookworm. I loved school and was really focused on my studies. I attended a specialized high school for the humanities in NYC. I took Latin and Spanish in addition to my other core subjects and did my first year of college in my last year of high school.
Q: What’s the best piece of mother advice you’ve ever received?
A: My mother had tons of pearls of wisdom to share. It is hard to pick just one. I think the one pearl that I share frequently with Nia is “know your worth.” It is important to teach Nia the importance of self love and worth.
Q: Top 5 favorite ways to stay fit on the road?
A: Hmm… that is a tough one. I do not think I would be a poster child for staying fit. Here are a few things that I TRY to do when we are on the road.
1. Maintain my regular routine of Herbalife protein shakes
2. Carrying suitcases and makeup bags
3. Portion control
4. Doing a quick work out in the hotel room using DVD’s –especially Leslie Sansone’s Walk Aerobics are my favorite DVD’s
5. Drink more water than usual
Q: Top 5 ways to blow off steam?
3. Talk to my mom or sister
5. Hang out with the other Dancemoms
Q: What are some of your favorite family recipes?
A: My mom has many great recipes. None are written down but she shares them when we visit with each other- mostly by phone. Many of my dishes do not turn out the same but I try. Some of my favorites are Baked Ziti, Sweet Potato Pie and Macaroni and Cheese.
Q: What were you like when you were your daughter’s age? Any Photos to share?
A: When I was Nia’s age I was quiet and awkward. Books were my best friends and I was definitely a homebody. I took dance lessons from Vicki Sheer in NYC, but I was not as good as Nia. I also remember being the tallest person in my class- quite the opposite of Nia who is often one of the smallest. I am waiting to see if she gets a growth spurt.
Q: Any saving money tips or wasy to teach kids about financial responsibility? As a Dance Mom, you spend a lot of money on your child’s career – how do you save in other areas?
A: Nia is very good about saving money. She always has a stash of money tucked away for a rainy day. Nia is very thoughtful about purchases and is diligent about saving money for something she really wants. Money does not burn a hole through her pocket. She does not like to borrow money from people and keeps a watchful eye on her savings account.
I tend to save for particular goals. My savings are targeted for certain things I am trying to attain. Most of the savings are tied to long-term goals, but whether the goal is short-term or long-term- there is almost always an objective in mind.
Q: Do you ever have any “me time”? How do you spend it?
A: Going back for my doctorate was the ultimate “me time” experience that I ever had. I am an eternal student and I always wanted to earn a doctorate. This endeavor was a huge financial and family sacrifice, but it was something I really wanted to accomplish and I had incredible family support that allowed me to focus on me in this way. Now that my doctorate is complete, I am filling my limited “me” time with exercise and reading. I would love to do a mother- daughter book club or a book club with friends. I think I would like to spend some time writing as well, but I have not made that leap just yet… perhaps, one day.
**See more of Holly and her daughter, Nia Tuesday nights at 9/8c on Lifetime.