You Know You're a Dancer When...
Dancers are a weird, wonderful breed, amirite? Only true dance fiends will relate to these 16 things—give 'em a read!
1. You have extremely vivid nightmares about forgetting choreography onstage.
Honestly, is there anything more terrifying?
2. You get dancewear for every birthday and holiday.
Bring me the finest tights and leotards in all the land!
3. Your Father's/Mother's Day social media posts always include, "Thanks for paying for dance, guys!"
Heaven knows they deserve the shoutout. They could buy a small country with all of the money they've put into your dancing.
4. Your dance bag is a black hole.
Like, how does it always eat your left ballet shoe? Two go in, and only one comes out. Every. Time.
5. Your foot's natural resting position is pointed, and it freaks people out.
OK, that is a little freaky. (But Kenedy Kallas' feet could bend metal, so that chick can point her toes when ever she darn well pleases!)
6. Your first pair of pointe shoes was more exciting than your first kiss.
I'm in love! I'm in love, and I don't care who knows it! 😍
7. By the end of competition season, your mom can reenact your solo without skipping a beat.
8. You know every word to "Baby, I'm a Star."
This song has literally been danced to at every dance competition in the history of ever. #werk
9. Your Instagram feed is filled entirely with the dreamiest professional dancers known to man .
Oh heyyy, Gillian Murphy...follow for follow?
10. You could whip out the choreography from a piece you performed years ago without even having to think about it.
The information from the math test you took last week? Gone. Choreography to every piece you've ever performed? You can do it double-time and in reverse.
11. Your feet have been hurting for so long, you hardly even notice anymore.
Tell me again how high heels make your feet hurt. 😂
12. You're used to your school teachers rolling their eyes at you every time you get checked out of school early for a dance event.
Private rehearsal Monday...team rehearsal Wednesday...competition Friday...oops! 😁
13. The phrase "One more time" is the reason you have trust issues.
We all know one more time actually means 10 more times.
14. Your biggest fear is forgetting a piece of your costume on performance day.
Girl, you better pray to the dance gods for forgiveness!
15. You can put your hair in a bun in 60 seconds or less.
Six thousand bobby pins and we're in business!
16. Your best dance friends feel more like family than teammates.
They've seen you at your best, and at your eight-hours-of-rehearsal-without-food worst. Dance friends are forever!
What's better than a good dance joke? They're corny, they're punny, and they're exactly what you need to get you through long Nutcracker days. These 10 jokes are guaranteed to put a smile on your face—no matter how much your feet are hurting.
Some might say Charlize Glass' fame kicked off with a single three-letter word. In 2014, Beyoncé shared a video of the then–12-year-old dancer performing to "Yoncé" on Instagram, along with a simple caption: "WOW!"
But by that point, the hip-hop mini had already performed at the MTV Video Music Awards and on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," and won first runner-up with her crew, 8 Flavahz, on "America's Best Dance Crew." And her Queen Bey Insta shout-out wasn't even the pinnacle of her tween career: She earned a spot on The PULSE On Tour as an Elite Protégé for the 2014–2015 season, and performed with Missy Elliott at the Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show in 2015.
These days, the 16-year-old spends her time touring the country as Brian Friedman's assistant at Radix Dance Convention and blowing up YouTube and Instagram with her class-video cameos. And while the Char Char we fell in love with was a hip-hop cutie pie, the more mature artist we see today is sure to rock the dance world for years to come.
You're obsessed with class videos. We're obsessed with class videos. The passion, energy, and talent showcased in these clips, which give us an insider-y peek at the commercial dance world's hottest classes, are totally irresistible.
But at what point does the phenomenon go from being a good thing to a bad thing for dancers and the dance world? Is the focus on filming distracting from the work dancers are supposed to be doing in class? Are overproduced videos presenting a dangerously misleading picture of the dance world? Is the pressure to be a class video star becoming too much for dancers to handle? These are some of the questions A-list dancer and choreographer Ian Eastwood—no stranger to the class video himself—has been asking on Twitter. And they've sparked a lively, important debate.
Getting corrections from our dance instructors is how we grow, and as students, it's important that we do our best to apply every correction right away. But sometimes—whether it's because we're in physical pain, or have a lot on our minds, or are just not paying attention—those corrections don't sink in. And from a teacher's standpoint, giving the same corrections time and time again gets old very fast. Here are 10 important corrections dance teachers are tired of giving. Take them to heart!
"So you Think You Can Dance" Season 14 finalists Lex Ishimoto and Taylor Sieve shocked fans at home (at least the ones who hadn't thoroughly scoured their respective Instagrams) during Episode 14, when choreographer Mia Michaels asked if either of them had ever experienced "the kind of love that takes your breath away." They confessed that, yup, they had—with each other. The two met at The Dance Awards in the summer of 2016, where they were each named Senior Best Dancer, and went on to tour with the convention as assistants. Before long—and long before their "SYTYCD" journey—they became a couple.
Take a look at Dance Spirit's exclusive interview where they dish on everything from their favorite dates to the dance moves that give them all the feels.
There's a surprising twist to Regina Willoughby's last season with Columbia City Ballet: It's also her 18-year-old daughter Melina's first season with the company. Regina, 40, will retire from the stage in March, just as her daughter starts her own career as a trainee. But for this one season, they're sharing the stage together.
Yes, we all know dancers are strong. But sometimes it takes a truly epic workout video to remind us JUST HOW INSANELY STRONG they actually are.
Behold, National Ballet of Canada principal Svetlana Lunkina's oh-so-casual pre-class exercise:
Dance Spirit is beyond excited to announce the first round of 2017 Future Star winners! Every year, DS partners with competitions to recognize dancers with exceptional presence and ability. The second round of winners will be featured in our January issue, so stay tuned!