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13 Reasons Why Being a Dancer Is the Absolute Best

Call us partial, but when it comes to career choices, being a dancer takes the cake. It certainly isn't easy, but every moment we're in the studio or onstage, we get to do something we love. Here are 13 reasons why being a dancer is—in our humble opinion—the best thing in the world.


1. We wear sweat like a badge of honor.

Pit stains? Drenched hair? Soaked leo? It ain't a thang.


2. We have a license to bust a move anywhere.

Grocery store, don't care. I'm rehearsing.


3. Swapping toenail horror stories is a regular pastime.

Don't even try to out-gross us.


4. Netflix and chill foam roll is our jam.

Fighting DOMS is practically a part-time job. Delayed onset muscle soreness is very real.


5. We're masters of time management.

Class, rehearsal, perform, cross-train, side job. Who else can look this good doing so many things?


6. Shaving our legs in cramped quarters is no problem.

A smaller shower just means a higher développé. Hamstrings for the win.


7. We've got a sixth sense: spotting other dancers anywhere.

Turnout is a dead giveaway.


8. We're basically certified beauty experts.

After all that practice with stage makeup, shelling out beauty advice comes naturally.


9. Learning iconic music video choreography is a cinch.

Not to mention, it makes you an instant hit at parties. "Thriller," anyone?


10. We can rock a tutu and tiara like nobody's business.

No, really. It actually is our business.


11. We don't have to choose between being an artist and an athlete.

And it feels so good.


12. Most problems can be solved with a dance battle.

You'll be sorry you gave us the floor.


13. Last but not least, we always have an outlet for our emotions.

Or as Charlie said in Center Stage, "Whatever you feel, just dance it."

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5 Self-Soothing Exercises You Can Do to Calm Your Anxiety

Physical stillness can be one of the hardest things to master in dance. But stillness in the bigger sense—like when your career and life are on hold—goes against every dancers' natural instincts.

"Dancers are less comfortable with stillness and change than most," says TaraMarie Perri, founder and director of Perri Institute for Mind and Body and Mind Body Dancer. "Through daily discipline, we are trained to move through space and are attracted to forward momentum. Simply put, dancers are far more comfortable when they have a sense of control over the movements and when life is 'in action.' "

To regain that sense of control, and soothe some of the anxiety most of us are feeling right now, it helps to do what we know best: Get back into our bodies. Certain movements and shapes can help ground us, calm our nervous system and bring us into the present.

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