Dance class teaches us a lot more than technique. In the studio, we learn endurance, trust, responsibility, and respect—qualities that make dancers fantastic friends. Here are 10 reasons why dancers rock in the friendship department.
You Can Trust Us
Thanks to everything we've learned in partnering class, trust really is our middle name. We know exactly what to do to make you feel safe and comfortable.
Dance teaches us to respect those around us, whether they're authority figures or members of an opposing competition team.
Teamwork? We Got That Down
Who works together better than a group of dancers? Um, no one!
We've spent our life analyzing movement, which means we can tell what our friends are feeling based on body language and facial expressions. Whether you just broke up with your boyfriend or failed a dreaded math exam, we're here to offer hugs—and, of course, gallons of ice cream.
How do we deal with dance's high-pressure environment? A lot of the time, by diffusing the tension with humor—which means we know exactly how and when to deploy a perfectly corny joke.
We Love a Good Dance Party
I mean, obviously.
We Watch the Best Movies
Being friends with a dancer means binge-watching Center Stage and every one of the High School Musical films at least once a month—and TBH, there's nothing better than that.
We're the Most Supportive
Nervous about an audition? Struggling to nail down a routine? We've been there—and we're here for you.
It doesn't matter whether or not you can tilt. Dance has taught us that awesomeness comes in all shapes, sizes, and flexibility levels—and we'll love and accept you no matter what.
We're Super Fun
Dancers always bring the party. Whether we're at school, at a competition, or in line at Starbucks, we're never far from doing a spontaneous happy dance.
Gabriel Figueredo in a variation from Raymonda. VAM Productions, Courtesy YAGP.
This week, over 1,000 young hopefuls gathered in New York City for the Youth America Grand Prix finals, giving them the chance to compete for scholarships and contracts to some of the world's top ballet schools and companies. Roughly 85 dancers made it to the final round at Lincoln Center's David H. Koch Theater on Wednesday. Today, the 20th anniversary of YAGP came to a close at the competition's awards ceremony. Read on to find out who won!
After a string of ballet-company rejections, Jennifer Sydor (here in Laura Peterson's "Failure") found success in other areas of the dance world. (Stephen Delas Heras, courtesy Jennifer Sydor)
In her senior year at Butler University, Jennifer Sydor auditioned for more than a dozen regional ballet companies—and got a string of "no, thank you" responses. "I have an athletic build, and my movement quality isn't the typical ballet aesthetic," Sydor says. "But I'd been laser-focused on ballet. When I didn't get a ballet contract, I was heartbroken."
Her one job offer came from Kim Robards Dance, a small modern company based in Aurora, CO. After attending KRD's summer intensive, Sydor ended up accepting a yearlong position with the troupe. "I was relieved and happy to begin my career," she says. She's been working as a contemporary dancer ever since.
In the dance world, rejection is part of the package. That doesn't make it any more pleasant. But whether you didn't get the Nutcracker role of your dreams or you weren't picked for a job despite feeling like you aced the audition, you can emerge from even the most gut-wrenching "no" smarter and stronger.
Ballet West principal Beckanne Sisk as Kitri (Luke Isley, courtesy Ballet West)
Guess who's baaaaack?! Your resident Dance Spirit astrologers! And on the eve of the Youth America Grand Prix awards ceremony, we thought it was the perfect time to pair each zodiac sign with a variation commonly seen during the competition. After many painstaking hours spent researching, consulting the stars, and staring wistfully into the sky, we compiled our data and present you with the definitive list of each star sign as a YAGP variation! As we said last time, don't @ us if you're not happy with your pairing—the stars don't lie, baby!