As Dance Magazine editors, we admittedly spend more time than we'd like sifting through stock photography. Some of it is good, more of it is bad and most of it is just plain awkward.

But when paired with the right caption, those shots magically transform from head-scratchers to meme-worthy images that illustrate our singular experience as dancers. You can thank the internet for this special salute to dancer moods.


"I found a street with low traffic—and rent is free!"

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Living that dry-shampoo life. 

Miguel Salgado/Unsplash

"If I did it once I can do it again..."

Liel Anapolsky/Unsplash

"My standing leg looks stunning, but you'll just have to imagine it."

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Because sports psychology doesn't practice itself

Nihal Demirci/Unsplash

"Yes, Debra, I have tried spotting the corner."

Ahmad Odeh/Unsplash

"What? You think I'm being dramatic? I'll show you dramatic."

Yitzhak Rodriguez/Unsplash

We've all been that dancer in the red shirt. 

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"Can I get an honorary doctorate for that?"

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Got an alternate caption idea? Tell us in the comments.

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Dancers too often find themselves warming up on the concrete or carpet backstage, or wanting to practice in a location without a proper floor. For years, Harlequin Floors has offered a solution to this problem with its innovative turning board, offering a portable and personal floor that can be flipped between marley and wood. Now, they've revolutionized portability again with their practice mat, offering dancers the option to roll up their own personal floor and sling it over their shoulders like a yoga mat.

We spoke with experts from every corner of the dance industry to see how Harlequin's products have become their everyday essentials:

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