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You Know You're a Dancer When...

Dancers are a weird, wonderful breed, amirite? Only true dance fiends will relate to these 16 things—give 'em a read!


1. You have extremely vivid nightmares about forgetting choreography onstage.

Honestly, is there anything more terrifying?

2. You get dancewear for every birthday and holiday.

Bring me the finest tights and leotards in all the land!

3. Your Father's/Mother's Day social media posts always include, "Thanks for paying for dance, guys!"

Heaven knows they deserve the shoutout. They could buy a small country with all of the money they've put into your dancing.

4. Your dance bag is a black hole.

Like, how does it always eat your left ballet shoe? Two go in, and only one comes out. Every. Time.

5. Your foot's natural resting position is pointed, and it freaks people out.

OK, that is a little freaky. (But Kenedy Kallas' feet could bend metal, so that chick can point her toes when ever she darn well pleases!)

6. Your first pair of pointe shoes was more exciting than your first kiss.

I'm in love! I'm in love, and I don't care who knows it! 😍

7. By the end of competition season, your mom can reenact your solo without skipping a beat.

Right?!

8. You know every word to "Baby, I'm a Star."

This song has literally been danced to at every dance competition in the history of ever. #werk

9. Your Instagram feed is filled entirely with the dreamiest professional dancers known to man .

Oh heyyy, Gillian Murphy...follow for follow?

10. You could whip out the choreography from a piece you performed years ago without even having to think about it.

The information from the math test you took last week? Gone. Choreography to every piece you've ever performed? You can do it double-time and in reverse.

11. Your feet have been hurting for so long, you hardly even notice anymore.

Tell me again how high heels make your feet hurt. 😂

12. You're used to your school teachers rolling their eyes at you every time you get checked out of school early for a dance event.

Private rehearsal Monday...team rehearsal Wednesday...competition Friday...oops! 😁

13. The phrase "One more time" is the reason you have trust issues.

We all know one more time actually means 10 more times.

14. Your biggest fear is forgetting a piece of your costume on performance day.

Girl, you better pray to the dance gods for forgiveness!

15. You can put your hair in a bun in 60 seconds or less.

Six thousand bobby pins and we're in business!

16. Your best dance friends feel more like family than teammates.

They've seen you at your best, and at your eight-hours-of-rehearsal-without-food worst. Dance friends are forever!

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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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