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

10 Weird Habits Every Dancer Has

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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Enter TikTok. The app is blowing up right now, with everyone from Hailey Bieber to LeBron James to former Bachelorette (and "Dancing with the Stars" champ) Hannah Brown making accounts to stave off the stir-craziness.

To get you started on your TikTok journey, Dance Spirit rounded up seven of the best dances for you to learn. And when you're ready to share the fruits of your TikTok labors, be sure to tag us @dancespiritmagazine—we'll repost some of our faves!

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A Letter from the Editor in Chief

Hi, dance friends. It is a strange time to be a person in the world, and an especially strange time to be a dancer. As the dance community faces the coronavirus crisis, a lot of you are coping with closed studios, canceled performances and competitions, and a general sense of anxiety about how your world will look going forward.

Yes, dancers are super resilient, and there's been a lot of inspiring community-building happening. #LivingRoomDances and Instagram dance parties and virtual ballet classes with the pros are wonderful. Dance can, and should, be a bright spot in the darkness. But that weird, empty feeling you have? It might be grief. The loss of the certainty of daily class, the loss of the promise of that big end-of-year performance—that's real. The dance studio has always been a safe place; it's especially hard not to have that outlet now, when you need it most.

We're here for you. We—and our friends at Dance Magazine, Pointe, Dance Teacher, The Dance Edit, and Dance Business Weekly—are doing our best to document the hurdles facing the dance industry, and to advocate for dancers in need. We're developing more online content that will help you maintain and improve your technique while you're at home, and process the mental and emotional fallout of all this upheaval. (You can keep up with the latest stories here.) And we're still making our print magazine. We have issues planned and shot, full of great dance stories and beautiful photos. We're not going anywhere.

We want to hear from you. Talk to us. Or dance to us. Or both. We won't stop moving, and you shouldn't, either.

Margaret

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