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Keesha Beckford
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Before her two children re-choreographed her life, Keesha was a professional dancer who performed in the U.S. and in Europe. Today, she teaches modern and jazz dance in the Chicago area. She is also the human cyclone behind the blog Mom’s New Stage, and is also thrilled to be the editor of BonBon Break’s The Attic, where she stores not only her memories, but also those of other talented writers. A multitasker at heart, she shows fierce skills at simultaneously writing, choreographing, checking Facebook and Pinterest updates, playing the role of a mother named Joan ‘Kumbaya’ Crawford and overcooking food. Keesha is one of the select contributing authors of In The Powder Room’s first anthology, You Have Lipstick on Your Teeth. Her writing has been featured on Mamapedia, The Huffington Post and in the bestselling anthology I Just Want to Pee Alone. You can also find her on Twitter.

Entries by Keesha Beckford

The Point of Turning

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2015 | 3:34 PM

I'm not sure when it happened or how, but suddenly pirouettes à la seconde, a.k.a turns in second, were everywhere.

There you'd be, watching a perfectly decent, even lovely piece, and the dancer, if not a whole ensemble would step high, then low into the preparation of life. Ladies and...

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The Big Family Holiday Dinner Reality Check

(0) Comments | Posted November 16, 2014 | 11:25 PM

I have a small family, and around the holidays I envy big family dinners.

I dream of being part of a huge get together that includes several generations of aunts, uncles, cousins, and in-laws. But since my husband and I are both only children, and our few family members...

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Dear White Moms

(101) Comments | Posted August 22, 2014 | 10:43 AM

Dear White Mom:

I'm writing this to you as a friend, as a dear friend. We've shared so much over the years, before kids -- blissfully ignorant childhoods, angsty teenage years, the discovery and recklessness and uncertainty of college and early adulthood, and now this. Motherhood. We've been there for...

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Empathy: The Missing Link Between Parents and Childfrees

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2014 | 3:18 PM

I may think I'm doing a miserable job, but my version of the SuperMommy Show is fooling everyone. Even though I sleep about five to six hours a night, I don't look like a zombie. I can still teach and take physically demanding dance classes. The dancers of a Chicago...

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Words of Wisdom From an Older Dancer

(2) Comments | Posted April 22, 2014 | 5:16 PM

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Amy Marshall Photo: Lois Greenfield

1. Treat class, and your every opportunity to dance, as a gift, as a special time for you.

2. Leave your emotional baggage outside. Let class be your chance to think only about you. Let it be your...

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My Daughter Can Never Know I Think I'm Fat

(5) Comments | Posted April 11, 2014 | 5:57 PM

If I didn't want to be constantly interrupted, the only way I'd be able to put together my outfit would be to involve my almost 4-year-old daughter.

"A!" I called with conspiratorial glee, "Wanna help Mommy pick out her clothes for tonight?"

Lady A was overjoyed. I was going...

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A Letter From Your Dance Teacher

(98) Comments | Posted May 22, 2013 | 10:58 AM

Dear Dance Student circa 2013:

Hi, there! This is your dance teacher. Your older dance teacher. Let's chat.

First, I know you love dance. You want to be great. You want to work. You want people to see all that you have to offer. You are also coming of age...

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