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10 Dancer Stereotypes We're So Tired of Hearing

Sure, dancers definitely have some unique identifying characteristics. (We're all obsessed with Center Stage? FACT.) But we're also subjected to all kinds of annoying, inaccurate stereotyping. Here are 10 dancer stereotypes that we never want to hear again.


Dancers Are Skinny

Seriously? The "dancer body" stereotype is the worst, and we're thankful for the many artists who are now defying it every day.

Dancers Are Pretentious

We may have to be well-behaved and put together in rehearsals, but we also just love to have fun and bust a move.

All Male Dancers Are Gay

Dance has nothing to do with sexuality. Please retire this stereotype ASAP.

Dancers Are Weak, Delicate Butterflies

Oh yeah, tell that to me right after I've completed 32 fouettés at the end of a grueling three-hour rehearsal.

All Dancers Do Is Dance

Just because we're in the studio every day doesn't mean dance is our ENTIRE lives.

Dancers Don't Eat

Again with the eating stereotypes! Trust us: Without food, we wouldn't have nearly enough energy to make it through grand allégro.

All Dancers Are Super Flexible

Many of us can #TiltForDays. And many of us can't. It takes more than great flexibility to make a great dancer.

Dancers Are Ruthlessly Competitive

Do we want to perform our best at all times? Yes. Are we putting glass in each others' pointe shoes? NO.

Dancers Are Dumb

Good dancers are incredibly intelligent. I mean, can you memorize four eight-counts of choreography in 20 minutes? CAN YOU?

Dance Isn't A Real Job

Please grand jeté your way out of my life.

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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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