15 Things That Real Dancers Know

posted by Jenny Dalzell on Wednesday, Jan 15, 2014
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On Monday, The Huffington Post’s teen site released an article outlining 21 things dance kids want their friends to know. I hate to break it to you, HuffPo, but cute as your list is, you’ve missed the mark slightly. (Ahem…lyrical? What is this, 1995?)

 

Here are 15 things that REAL dancers know:

 

1. Our bunions are worse than your grandmother’s. And when normal people say their feet hurt from wearing heels, we laugh.

 

Troy Schumacher
Yeah.

(Photo by Troy Schumacher, via The Performance Club.)

 

2. We're never completely happy watching figure skating, because we're always too busy shouting "Straighten your leg!" at our TVs.

 

Ashley Wagner
We love you, Ashley Wagner, but this picture hurts our hearts.
(Photo by Koki Nagahama, via Yahoo! Sports
)

 

3. We look like bag ladies. But, yes, we really do need three pairs of shoes, two leotards, tights, shorts, Band Aids, tennis balls, hair supplies, sewing kits, scissors, legwarmers, makeup and snacks with us at all times.

 

photo by rachel papo
Miami City Ballet principal Tricia Albertson carries all this in her bag.
Photo by Rachel Papo, courtesy of
Pointe.

 

4. Those super-tight buns we demanded as children are coming back to bite us in the buns—or shall we say, the receded-behind-the-ear hair-lines.

 


"It's not tight enough!" "Mom! I said no bumps!"

 

5. Since we're used to busy dressing rooms, we're unashamed to strip down in front of pretty much anyone.  

 

Henry Leutwyler
New York City Ballet principals Teresa Reichlen, Tiler Peck, Ana Sophia Scheller and Rebecca Krohn in their dressing room.
(Photo by Henry Leutwyler, via
NY Daily News.)

 

 

6. The best clothing purchases can be worn in and out of the studio.

 

cheryl mann
The fashion inside a Hubbard Street Dance Chicago rehearsal with Alejandro Cerrudo.
(Photo ©Todd Rosenberg Photography
, Courtesy HSDC.)

 

7. We sew everything like we would a pointe shoe ribbon—and we know that dental floss is the king of all threads.

 

real simple photo
(via
Real Simple)

 

8. Our Netflix queue looks like this:

 

netflix queue

 

9. We've tried every bar in this aisle at Whole Foods.

 

whole foods

 

10. We go nuts when we hear music from The Nutcracker over the mall loudspeakers.

 

paul kolnik
The only appropriate setting for the "Trepak" music.
(Daniel Ulbricht in
George Balanchine's The Nutcracker. Photo by Paul Kolnik.)

 

11. We inevitiably start the season with 1,000 bobby pins and end it with five. Why? Because we have at least one of them in every pocket we own.

 

12. Our idea of a perfect night is having friends over to gossip, stretch and roll out. 

 

black swan
A non-crazy Nina Sayers would have friends with her...

 

13. The line at the supermarket is an acceptable place to stretch—or when no one is looking, bust a move.

 

 

14. A sweaty yoga class is our preferred method of relaxation.

 

photoPhilippeTeston
(Photo by Philippe Teston)

 

15. We regularly penchée to pick things up and grand jeté over puddles. Can't stop, won't stop. 

 

by Jordan Matter
(Photo by Jordan Matter)