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"
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
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Imagine attending American Ballet Theatre's prestigious NYC summer intensive, training among classical ballet legends. Imagine taking the stage at New York City Dance Alliance Nationals, competing against some of the country's best contemporary dancers. Now, imagine doing both—at the same time.
Welcome to Madison Brown's world. This summer, she's in her third year as a National Training Scholar with ABT, while also competing for NYCDA's Teen Outstanding Dancer title. (She's already won Outstanding Dancer in the Mini and Junior categories.) The logistics are complicated—ABT's five-week intensive overlaps with the weeklong NYCDA Nationals, which translates to a lot of cabs back and forth across Manhattan—but Maddie is committed to making the most of each opportunity. "I love contemporary and ballet equally," she says. "While I'm able to do both, I want to do as much as I can."
Maddie has an expressive face, endless extensions, and a quiet command of the stage. She dances with remarkable maturity—a trait noted by none other than Jennifer Lopez, one of the judges on NBC's "World of Dance," on which Maddie competed in Season 2. Although Maddie didn't take home the show's top prize, she was proud to be the youngest remaining soloist when she was eliminated, and saw the whole experience as an opportunity to grow. After all, she's just getting started. Oh, that's right—did we mention Maddie's only 14?
Corbin Bleu in rehearsal for "Kiss Me, Kate" (Jenny Anderson, courtesy Roundabout Theatre Company)
If you're a hardcore Broadway baby, today is the worst Sunday of the year. Why, you ask? The Tony Awards were last Sunday, so basically there's nothing to look forward to in life anymore—no James Corden being James Corden, no teary acceptance speeches from newly minted stars, no thrilling excerpts from the hottest new shows. Oh yeah, and there are 50 more Sundays to go before our humdrum lives are once again blessed with the next annual iteration of Broadway's biggest night.