10 Things Dancers Can't Stand

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As dancers, we're a group of super-passionate people. And because of that, we can sometimes snap when people judge us unfairly or do something we just can't stand. Here are 10 things that make all dancers really angry.


When a Commercial Casts a Non-Dancer in Pointe Shoes

This happens ALL. THE. TIME. There are so many dancers out there who would be glad to promote your beauty products while wearing pointe shoes in the correct way.

When We're Stereotyped as Being Snobby

In the wise words of Ariana Grande: Thank you, next...

When the Taps on Our Tap Shoes Get Loose

Grab the screwdriver.

When People Ask Us to Dance/Tilt in Public

We save the flexibility for the studio.

When Our Tights Keep Ripping

At this point, we might as well just invest in tights. Capezio, hit us up.

When Someone Shows Up to Class Without Having Rehearsed 

Seriously!? Never show up to class without having practiced your steps. Everyone will be able to tell.

When We Fall Out of Our Turns

RIP to our perfect triple pirouette.

When Someone Says Dance is Easy

Whoever said this needs to be cut out of your life ASAP.

When We Don't Get a Solo 

In the words of Sharpay Evans: "This is not what I want, this is not what I planned. And I just gotta say, I do not understand!"

When Someone Asks If We're Going to Get a "Real Job"

...literally never speak to us again.

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This week, over 1,000 young hopefuls gathered in New York City for the Youth America Grand Prix finals, giving them the chance to compete for scholarships and contracts to some of the world's top ballet schools and companies. Roughly 85 dancers made it to the final round at Lincoln Center's David H. Koch Theater on Wednesday. Today, the 20th anniversary of YAGP came to a close at the competition's awards ceremony. Read on to find out who won!

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Her one job offer came from Kim Robards Dance, a small modern company based in Aurora, CO. After attending KRD's summer intensive, Sydor ended up accepting a yearlong position with the troupe. "I was relieved and happy to begin my career," she says. She's been working as a contemporary dancer ever since.

In the dance world, rejection is part of the package. That doesn't make it any more pleasant. But whether you didn't get the Nutcracker role of your dreams or you weren't picked for a job despite feeling like you aced the audition, you can emerge from even the most gut-wrenching "no" smarter and stronger.

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