About us

Dancing through motherhood

Active Mama has been born with the mission to bring all aspects of dance, fun and passion to mums and their little ones. With the cost of childcare and our busy lifestyles, we understand the difficulty to get the time to start something new, this is why Active Mama makes things easy for you and your family!
Active Mama will not only help broaden creativity and performance, but will also help cognitive behaviour for young children and give opportunities for the future!
Active Mama is the sister company of Active Dansa, a reputable dance school that first opened its doors in 2017 and has been successfully growing since, to inspire the new generation of dancers and performers.
Whilst using our extensive experience in dance teaching, we want to bring the benefits of dance to mothers who otherwise would find it difficult to exercise or simply want to try something new, or give themselves a second chance in dance and performance!
We have not only designed dance classes for adults but we also offer classes tailored to both you and your little one. This is so that, instead of watching your little one doing their classes, Active Mama classes are designed for both of you to benefit from some precious time together as well as staying active and being creative.
Whether it is jumping, skipping, galloping, dancing or playing fun games with your little one, you will be amazed at the physical, mental and emotional benefits.
This is guaranteed to be a class you will both love.

Our team

Mariona Hawkins (Founder and Instructor)

I founded Active Mama to help women throughout motherhood. By helping them stay active during pregnancy, postpartum and beyond with their little ones. As a dance teacher, I found my dance training really beneficial to help me through my first pregnancy. Using the principles of dance such as working on body alignment, core engagement and using relaxation techniques during stretching exercises to help release tension and train my body for birth. All of this played a big part on my birth experience and post-partum recovery. I am currently doing my pregnancy Yoga certificate and I am fully qualified and experience dance teacher.

As a mum, I understand very well how hard it is to find time to take on a new hobby, keep healthy, bring my child to his own activities and have energy to play with him. Therefore, this is why I created Active Mama, because it is not only something I am very passionate about but because it is what I would love to have for myself and child as a mum.

More info about our team can be found here

Lauren Dick – Instructor (Sculpting Barre and Ballet)

Lauren started dancing at the age of 3, studying Royal Academy of Dance Classical Ballet, through this she performed with companies such as The Royal Moscow Ballet & English Youth Ballet.
Lauren developed her training at The Institute of the Arts Barcelona, completing a Foundation Diploma & BA Honours Degree in Dance, specialising in Ballet, Jazz, Commercial, Tap, Hip-Hop, Contemporary and Musical Theatre.
After graduation she had the opportunity to accept a contract in Disneyland Paris, as a character and dancer in the parade and park.
Lauren then moved into Hotel entertainment and had the opportunity to travel through Europe to train, dance and choreograph in locations such as Greece, Spain and the Balearic Islands.

Since returning to Northern Ireland Lauren has taught as a freelance dance teacher trading as LD Dance with multiple Dance Academies developing her teaching career, Lauren has worked very closely with Active Dansa in Lisburn since 2019.

  • Module 1 Certified Acrobatics Arts Teacher
  • Module 1 Certified Alixa Flexibility Teacher
  • Level 4 Dance Teaching Qualification with BBODANCE
  • Currently studying for her level 4-6 PGCE national teaching Qualification with the British Ballet Organisation (BBO)
  • Registered Teacher with International Performing Arts and Theatre (I-PATH)
  • BA Honours Degree in Dance: Institute of the Arts Barcelona

Jessica Plunkett – Pregnancy, Baby and Mama Yoga

I am originally from Tucson, Arizona. Now, I live in Northern Ireland with my husband, our son (born Sept 2015) and daughter (born April 2018).

My yoga practice keeps me connected: to my breath, to moment, to a community. I love to share my passion for yoga with everyone. I try to encourage people in my classes to approach their practice with curiosity and playfulness, to bring them back to themselves and remind them that we are already always enough.

I completed my Vinyasa Flow TT with Flow Studio Belfast in March 2017 and before that I completed my Hatha Yoga, Pregnancy Yoga, and Mum and Baby Yoga TT with YogaBellies Glasgow in March 2013. I have been teaching yoga since May 2013 and my teaching and practice are always evolving. I teach Vinyasa Flow, Pregnancy Yoga, and Mum and Baby Yoga.

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