10 Back-to-School Struggles Every Dancer Knows Too Well

Yep, summer is over and school is back in session. Cue the tears! Heading back to the classroom after a great few months off can be heart-breaking, to say the least, and dancers are way too familiar with these 10 back-to-school feelings.

​When rehearsal runs super late, but you still have to get up early the next day​


​The exhaustion is so real. Will we ever catch up on sleep?

Trying to do homework on the car ride to dance


How are we supposed to finish this essay when mom keeps hitting the break every four seconds!?

When you have a long rehearsal ahead and your teacher doesn't assign homework


Sometimes, teachers can be the best!

When you grab your backpack but not your dance bag


A dancer's worst nightmare.

When your best friend says she'll take notes for you because you're too tired


BFFs for the win!

Zoning out in class while thinking of your dance routine


Have to be prepared for competition weekend.

Trying to understand how chemistry is going to help your dance career


Spoiler alert: It probably won't.

Being the best during the yoga unit in gym class


Flexibility at its finest.

Lugging all your essentials to school each day


Books, folders, binders, lunch, leotards, pointe shoes, and everything else you need!

When your teacher lets you make up an assignment you missed for dance


Shoutout to these teachers!

Latest Posts

Monique Smith (Tom Marvel, courtesy Smith)

5 Black Women on the Obstacles of Dancing While Black

Civil rights leader Malcom X famously said that "the most disrespected person in America is the Black woman." Decades later, those words still resonate. And the dance world isn't immune to subjecting Black women to unfair treatment. After all, it wasn't until this year—and after mounting pressure from online petitions—that many major dancewear brands pledged to make tights and pointe shoes in hues that match the complexions of Black women.

But other, more insidious issues continue to obstruct progress for Black women in the dance world. Dance Spirit spoke with five Black women about the obstacles they've faced as professional dancers.

Keep Reading SHOW LESS
TikTok star Niana Guerrero films a TikTok (courtesy Guerrero)

A Day in the Life of a TikTok Star

Niana Guerrero is only 14, but she already boasts 12.6 million TikTok followers—the kind of internet fanbase most people twice her age can only dream of. Of course, keeping up with her millions (and millions, and millions) of fans isn't easy. We spent a day with Niana to see what it really takes to be a TikTok star. —As told to Cadence Neenan

Keep Reading SHOW LESS
TikTok vs. Reels: The ultimate showdown. (Getty Images/TikTok/Instagram)

Instagram Reels vs. TikTok: Which is the Best for Dancers?

Instagram's latest video feature—Reels—has been rolled out to users over the past month and is now finally available to all. Similar to TikTok, the app's new feature allows you to create short videos to showcase your skills, whatever they may be. And for us, of course, that means dancing. Despite that, the two apps feel very different to many within our community. So which is the best for dancers to use?

Keep Reading SHOW LESS

Editors' Picks

Enter the Cover Model Search