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9 Moments Every Dancer Is Thankful For

Sure, our Instagram bios permanently read, "I can't, I have dance." But let's be honest: We love it. All those grueling hours at the studio? They're also pretty wonderful.

Since it's the season of gratitude, we decided to make a list of nine moments every dancer is grateful for.


When You're Asked to Demonstrate

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What's that? You liked the way I did the combo? I'm blushing!

When You Nail a Pirouette—AND Hold a Balance at the End

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I mean, don't ask to see it again. But it sure was magical.

When the Teacher Actually Keeps Her "One More Time" Promise

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It almost never happens—so you gotta SAVOR it when it does.

When You Get to Skip School for Dance

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Look, education is important, but there's a Nutcracker matinee happening, and if it's happening during algebra class—well, that's a sacrifice we're prepared to make. 😏

When You Find the Tap Shoe/Ballet Slipper/Toe Pad You've Been Missing in the Lost-and-Found Bin

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Miracles do happen!

When You Get to Try on Your New Costume for the First Time

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Nothin makes a dancer feel more glam.

When the Teacher Leaves Out the Abs Portion of Warm-up

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[single glistening tear rolls down face]

When You Get Accepted to Your Dream Summer Intensive

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I'm going to be exhausted all summer and never see the beach, and I COULD NOT BE HAPPIER!

Literally Any Time You Get to Perform

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The absolute best moment of all. 🤗

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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.

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