Most dancers in the community tend to be super social and outgoing. But there are also many of us introverted dancers trying to be "out there" in order to fit in, or constantly feeling pressured by all the social stimuli. It can be difficult to be someone who craves solitude in a scene where everyone knows everyone and popularity seems to matter a lot. But hey, even if you want to be physically alone... know that you're not alone – emotionally! We feel ya. I feel ya. So let's laugh along at these moments that have provoked anxiety in us introverted dancers!
Cabin fever for wallflowers.
When can I start being weird and be taken as weird in a good/funny way and not weird-weird?
Is everyone wishing they sat at the other table?
I'm not even actually doing anything, just pretending to scroll through my feed.
"Hi sorry *ahem* yeah I can't make it... I'm sick (of people)."
Your anxiety will not be at the mercy of your driver.
I'm trying!!! Here's a care package.
If you guys only knew..
Haha he's "the most."Wait. Am I... "the least"??
Is it a pre-requisite? Did I pick the wrong hobby?? Should I take up knitting instead??????
Are they gonna think I'm creepy? Do they secretly want to say no??
I can't just favorite this tweet and be done oh my god what do I do?!
"Excuse me! Enjoy! You're welcome! I mean uh. Thank you!"
"Oh hey! Who'd you come with?" "Myself.."
"Just raise your hand. No, it's a dumb question.But he said "there's no such thing as a dumb question.."Except this one probably...Wait but I really couldn't see what he did. Maybe just wait. No, just ask!Yes! No! Agh!"*time for groups*
Nose goes on being the group's leader.
1: draft text2: hit 'send'3: curl up in a ball and panic
Introverted dancers definitely deal with hang-ups like these, but there are also so many silver linings, too.
...the small-group hangouts where you can get to know your teammates more intimately, the times in rehearsal you're happy to observe and soak in all the energy around you, those fellow introverted dancers with whom you grow a genuine bond with over time, for online communities where you can express yourself without the pressures of face-to-face contact. <3
Calling all introverts (quietly) – What are some things you deal with (or delight in!) in the dance world? Comment below and share with us! This article was originally published on November 10, 2015.