10 Weird Habits Every Dancer Has

#6: We're never NOT stretching. (Giphy)

Dancers are truly a special breed. And that means some of the stuff we do every day—stuff that seems totally normal to us—completely weirds out our non-dance friends. Here are 10 funny dancer habits we're guessing you can totally relate to.


We Can't Stop Moving

Sitting still just isn't in our DNA! We're always jumping and moving around no matter where we are—which can, depending on the setting, get a bit embarrassing.

We Do a Penchée Every Time We Bend Down

Oops, did you just drop your phone? We'll get it for you—while doing the most perfect penchée you've ever seen. At this point, it's just second nature.

We Constantly Crack Our Joints

Our hands, our knees, our backs—you name it, we're definitely cracking it at least 10 times a day.

We're ALWAYS Turned-Out

Whether we're standing in line at Starbucks or waiting for the bus, we can't help but turn out.

We Mark Choreo with Our Hands

No, that's not sign language. We're just casually going through the choreography we learned last night.

We Stretch Literally Anywhere

On the kitchen counter? Check. In a movie theater seat? Check. At our locker before 4th period? Check. WE ARE NEVER NOT STRETCHING.

We Fill Our Bags with Not-So-Ordinary Supplies

Seriously, us dancers work some Mary Poppins magic to get all that weird stuff in there—from tennis balls to dental floss to medical tape.

We Do Everything in a Split

Whether we're reading a book or watching the latest episode of "So You Think You Can Dance," odds are good we're in a split.

We're Happy to Walk Around in a Leotard

Dance clothes are basically our entire wardrobe, so, no shame. (Leotard + shorts = an entirely acceptable summer outfit.)

We're Always Asking "What Song is This?"

Sorry, but we're constantly choreographing in our heads, and we need to know what song to look up later!

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