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."
Just four years ago, the University of Southern California's Glorya Kaufman School of Dance welcomed its first class of BFA students. The program—which boasts world-class faculty and a revolutionary approach to training focused on collaboration and hybridity—immediately established itself as one of the country's most prestigious and most innovative.
Now, the first graduating class is entering the dance field. Here, six of the 33 graduates share what they're doing post-grad, what made their experience at USC Kaufman so meaningful and how it prepared them for their next steps:
Every dancer knows there's as much magic taking place backstage as there is in what the audience sees onstage. Behind the scenes, it takes a village, says American Ballet Theatre's wig and makeup supervisor, Rena Most. With wig and makeup preparations happening in a studio of their own as the dancers rehearse, Most and her team work to make sure not a single detail is lost.
Dance Magazine recently spoke to Most to find out what actually goes into the hair and makeup looks audiences see on the ABT stage.
On a sunny July weekend, hundreds of Seattle-area dance fans converged on tiny Vashon Island, a bucolic enclave in Puget Sound about 20 miles from the city. They made the ferry trek to attend the debut performance of the fledgling Seattle Dance Collective.
SDC is not a run-of-the-mill contemporary dance company; it's the brainchild of two of Pacific Northwest Ballet's most respected principal dancers: James Yoichi Moore and Noelani Pantastico. The duo wanted to create a nimble organization to feature dancers and choreographers they felt needed more exposure in the Pacific Northwest.