It's finally Thanksgiving and us dancers truly have so much to be thankful for! But we're not just talking about all that sentimental, predictable stuff like families and friends. I mean, don't get us wrong, family and friends are great and all, and really deserving of gratefulness, but tbh, so are naps. And bobby pins. And protein bars. Yep, we went there. Here's a list of 10 things dancers can't help but be thankful for because without them we'd literally be nothing.
Bless this miracle worker that keeps us from falling on our faces every time we bust a move.
For examples of people who, er, probably didn't use rosin, see below. 👇
What would we do without these babies? Our hair would constantly be in our faces, we'd have to spend wayyy too much time on hair-ography, and our dance teachers would probably end up so annoyed every single class.
3. Toe pads
Honestly, we get emotional just thinking about what life would be like without these blessed things. They're the real MVPs!
4. Dress rehearsals
There's never been a more comforting phrase than, "bad dress rehearsal, good show." Thank goodness for the chance to mess up and get our last minute jitters out without an entire audience watching!
5. Water breaks
You definitely don't save ANY water for the fishies when your teacher tells you to take five in the middle of rehearsal. It tastes glorious, and you deserve it.
Between school, class, rehearsal, competitions, and performances, there's basically no time in your life for sleep. So when you get the chance to take a nap on your desk at school, in the car on your way to dance, or even just standing up outside of the studio while you wait for the class ahead of you to get out, it's pure magic.
7. Protein Bars
It's amazing how fast a snack can turn things around. Thank you protein bars for keeping us from being hangry.
Our feet are so covered in blisters at this point, we wouldn't make it two days without Band-Aids. We don't deserve them!
Can you imagine how bad your dance studio would smell without deodorant? It already smells terrible with it! Bless modern personal hygiene practices.
10. Ice cream
Just because this should be on every gratitude list ever made. So, yeah, we're just gonna leave this right here.
(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.