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10 Feelings Every Dancer Can Relate To, As Told By “Sour” Lyrics

Have you been streaming Olivia Rodrigo's new album "Sour" nonstop since it came out? We have, and we're guessing the catchy bops and emotional ballads will be all over the competition circuit and choreographers' playlists next season.

It's not just the melodies that make this album so good. Olivia's lyrics are almost painfully relatable -- and some might be especially relevant to dancers. Here are 10 lyrics off of "Sour" that have *special* meaning to dancers.

"It's brutal out here"

from "brutal"

Classes, rehearsals, balancing school and your home life with dance...it can be a lot to handle.

“You didn’t cheat, but you’re still a traitor,”

from "traitor"

There's no heartbreaking betrayal like when your dance bestie switches studios.

“It’s one step forward and three steps back,”

from "1 step forward, 3 steps back"

Progress isn't linear, but it's still frustrating to be immaculately on your leg one day, and falling out of double pirouettes the next.

“She thinks it’s special, but it’s all reused,”

from "deja vu"

This lyric could be talking about a relationship, *or* it could be about those tutus that come out of the costume closet every Nutcracker season.

“Tried so hard to be everything you liked, just for you to say you’re not the compliment type.” 

from "enough for you"

We've all met a dance teacher who piles on the corrections and rarely offers praise.

“And you always say I’m never satisfied, but I don’t think that’s true. Because all I ever wanted was to be enough”

from "enough for you"

*Sigh*, as we know, being a dancer means always reaching for the next goal and never settling.

“So find someone great but don’t find no one better” 

from "happier"

Drama with a duet partner can hurt as much as any breakup.

“I kinda wanna throw my phone across the room ‘cause all I see are girls too good to be true” 

from "jealousy, jealousy"

Instagram, YouTube, TikTok -- social media is *full* of dancers posting their highlights. It's easy to get caught up in the comparison. Try taking a social media hiatus before actually throwing your phone.

“Their win is not my loss, I know it’s true but I can’t help getting caught up in it all” 

from "jealousy, jealousy"

Dancers are often competing against one another, whether for roles, solos, or in actual dance competitions. Comparison is bound to happen, but the key is to not let it spiral to a point where it negatively affects your self-esteem.

“But I say that I hate you with a smile on my face”

from "favorite crime"

Haven't we all joked about hating dance at one point or another? But, at the end of a long day of rehearsing or performing, we're all smiles.

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