Let's face it. Dancers just do things differently. We can never walk down a grocery aisle—we have to tap. We can never simply pick something up we've dropped—without going into a penché. But it's not a bad thing. We love all the ways that dance bleeds into our daily lives.

Turns out the pros aren't ever really off-duty either. Here's how we caught them dancing through their downtime.


How Dancers Hit the Gym

Alex Wong literally can't. stop. dancing. No matter what he's doing—whether he's getting ready to go out, playing tennis or walking down the street—there's bound to be a split involved. And we're totally here for this Jim Nowakowski cameo.

How Ballerinas Take a Bath

We get it. Dancers' crazy schedules mean they're always pressed for time. But American Ballet Theatre's Lauren Post has a genius idea: combining R&R with pointe shoe prep. (Just don't drop the shoes!)

How Dancers Take Family Photos

Forget those corny family photographs where everyone dons a white shirt and khaki shorts. Dancers do a way better job with beachside photo opps. Check out Pacific Northwest Ballet's Lindsi Dec and her husband Karel Cruz, who recently retired from the stage.

How Dancers Explore the Great Outdoors

Yes, dancers do exist outside of the studio. And ABT's James Whiteside shows us exactly what happens when they step outdoors.

How Dancers Soothe a Fussy Baby

Sure, bouncing a baby on your lap might work just fine. But being cuddled while mom tests her balance works too. Looks like new mom and Houston Ballet principal Karina González has this down pat.

How Dancers Spend Their Layovers

We couldn't forget this gem featuring Dance Theatre of Harlem. Dancing in airports has become quite the trend these last few years, and we agree it's an excellent way to pass the time.

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Why This Season of "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" Will Be the Danciest Yet

Marguerite Derricks might be employing more commercial dancers than any choreographer in New York City. That's because "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," which she's worked on since the first season in 2017, has quickly become one of the danciest shows on television.

The show's third season, which drops tomorrow on Amazon, will have more dance than ever (on every episode except for one!). That's because the showrunners, Amy Sherman-Palladino and Dan Palladino, who Derricks has worked with on "Bunheads" and the Netflix reboot of "Gilmore Girls," "treat dancers like royalty," says Derricks, and hire dancers for non-dancing roles like waiters and department store workers. (This means the show has to pay them more than they would a regular actor.)

We talked to Derricks about what it's been like to work on the hit show, and what we can expect from season three:

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Larke Johnson in rehearsal. Photo courtesy The Joffrey Ballet

The Joffrey Ballet's Nutcracker Has a New Role for Dancers With Disabilities

Marie and Franz have a new guest at their Christmas Eve party this year. Emma Lookatch and Larke Johnson, both dancers in the Adaptive Dance Program at Joffrey Academy of Dance: Official School of The Joffrey Ballet, are alternating in the new role of Worker Girl. It is a permanent part created specifically for students with disabilities in Christopher Wheeldon's version of The Nutcracker at The Joffrey Ballet.

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