Dance teachers have to deal with a lot. While open communication with your teacher is obviously key, lame excuses for less-than-great behavior are guaranteed to get on her nerves. Always avoid these seven excuses that will 100 percent get your dance teacher's blood boiling.
"That makes me look silly."
It's okay to look less-than-perfect when trying a new combination! TBH, your dance teacher expects you to look bad sometimes. It's the only way to learn.
"I'm so tired."
Seriously, don't even try this one. Find that inner strength and energy to power through!
"I can't come to class today. I made other plans."
If you're serious about your dance training and not seriously ill, you'd better be in class.
"Sorry, I just didn't get a chance to sew my pointe shoes/buy the class uniform/put my hair in a proper bun."
Come prepared for class, or don't come.
"This is too hard."
News flash: Dance IS hard. Please don't say this to your teacher. HER JOB IS TO CHALLENGE YOU.
"Sorry I'm late!"
In the pro dance world, being late can mean losing your job. Always get to the studio on time.
"There's a football game tonight, so I need to skip rehearsal."
Look, it's good to lead a well-rounded life, but football over dance? What kind of world are we living in?!
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
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Liz Imperio teaching at Hollywood Vibe, Courtesy of Hollywood Vibe
It's an increasingly common scenario: A talented dancer wins big at a competition, is offered an assistantship with a famous faculty member, and ends up leaving her hometown studio to travel with a convention. Convention-hopping has obvious benefits. Every event generates new content for dancers to post on social media, gives them a better shot at ending up on their favorite choreographers' accounts, lets them learn from the best of the best, and helps them make valuable connections. "Traveling is a great way for dancers to gain admirers around the country," says Jen Jarnot, owner of Artistic Fusion Dance Academy in Thornton, CO. "That's something every dancer craves." So it's no surprise that weekend FOMO has been blazing through studios like wildfire.
But is this jet-setter lifestyle really the most effective road to take? Can weekends of dancing with top talent truly replace the bread and butter of daily work at your home studio? The answer, according to most industry experts, is no. We asked five pros to explain why.