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8 Emotions We All Experience in Dance Class

No matter what style you're training in, dance class can be intense, to put it mildly. We take what we're doing super-seriously—which means we FEEL ALL THE FEELS in that studio. Here are eight emotions every dancer goes through during class.


Anxiety, When the Teacher Spends Fewer Than 10 Seconds Describing a Very Complicated Combo

Uh, wait—you said dégagés en croix, but they switch accents every time? Guess we're about to find out!

Gratefulness, When They Leave Out the Abs Portion of the Warm-up

#BLESS.

A Mix of Pride and Fear, When You're Asked to Go First Across the Floor

You want me? I'm blushing! But also...are you sure?!

Pure Terror, When You're Asked to Reverse the Combo

[Mind goes completely blank]

Triumph, When You Finally Nail That Skill You've Been Working on All Year

Took eight months but I GOT MY SWITCH LEAP!!!

Admiration, When Your Friend Is Killing the Combo

She's so incredibly talented, and I KNOW HER.

Exhaustion, When It's a Minute Before the End of Class and the Teacher Says "One More Time"

Not sure I'm gonna survive this.

Disappointment, When Class Is Over

We're done already?!

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A Letter from the Editor in Chief

Hi, dance friends. It is a strange time to be a person in the world, and an especially strange time to be a dancer. As the dance community faces the coronavirus crisis, a lot of you are coping with closed studios, canceled performances and competitions, and a general sense of anxiety about how your world will look going forward.

Yes, dancers are super resilient, and there's been a lot of inspiring community-building happening. #LivingRoomDances and Instagram dance parties and virtual ballet classes with the pros are wonderful. Dance can, and should, be a bright spot in the darkness. But that weird, empty feeling you have? It might be grief. The loss of the certainty of daily class, the loss of the promise of that big end-of-year performance—that's real. The dance studio has always been a safe place; it's especially hard not to have that outlet now, when you need it most.

We're here for you. We—and our friends at Dance Magazine, Pointe, Dance Teacher, The Dance Edit, and Dance Business Weekly—are doing our best to document the hurdles facing the dance industry, and to advocate for dancers in need. We're developing more online content that will help you maintain and improve your technique while you're at home, and process the mental and emotional fallout of all this upheaval. (You can keep up with the latest stories here.) And we're still making our print magazine. We have issues planned and shot, full of great dance stories and beautiful photos. We're not going anywhere.

We want to hear from you. Talk to us. Or dance to us. Or both. We won't stop moving, and you shouldn't, either.

Margaret

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