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.
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
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When it comes to injury-prone body parts, knees reign supreme for dancers. But a little strengthening can go a long way in preventing painful outcomes. We turned to Dirk Hartog, a physical therapist with Westside Dance Physical Therapy in NYC, for three exercises that'll support and stabilize your knees.
James Whiteside (Jayme Thornton for Dance Magazine)
Say you're perpetually impeccable designer Thom Browne. Say you're planning your Spring 2020 Paris menswear show along a "Versailles country club" theme. Say you want a world-class danseur to open the show with some kind of appropriately fabulous choreography.
Who do you call? James Whiteside, of course. On Saturday, the American Ballet Theatre principal—wearing pointe shoes and a glorious pinstriped tutu—kicked off Browne's presentation at the École des Beaux-Arts with a 15-minute, show-stealing solo. Whiteside choreographed the piece himself, with the help of detailed notes from the designer.