WANNA LEARN SOME MAD DANCER HACKS, BRO??
While you learn a lot about dance by taking class or being on a team, there are some tips and tricks in dancer life that you can only learn from experience.
Lucky for you, we found a bunch of useful h4xx over years of dancing.
Here are our top 7 that'll make your life as a dancer a bit easier!
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Wanna show off how sick you were in select group? It's okay to admit it. We all do.
Here's how you can: Type in "ss" before "youtube" in the link to the video.
For example, let's try downloading our infamous "Dancer Problems" Video:
Take the link and type in "ss" between "www." and "youtube"-
It'll take you directly to savefrom.net, where you can download the file in MP4 format, up to 720p (not bad!)
From here, e-mail or message the file to your phone, and save it to your Camera Roll.
If the file is too big, save it to Google Drive or Dropbox, then save it to your phone.
Boom! That clip is in your camera roll, ready to be insta-uploaded.
When you're recording like 30+ people on a team or in a class, people on the side often get cropped out.
There are a few ways around this:
These universal clips come in handy because they are so small and convenient, and fit on most devices.
Instead of recording from the front of the room, get someone to stand on a chair in the center-back of the studio. Position the frame to go OVER dancers' heads, and record the reflection in the mirror.
Not only will you be able to fit more people in, you'll be able to see the movements from the correct mirror-image-flipped perspective, AKA the more visually convenient one.
Though you definitely do not need to buy a camera to get great footage, it is a good investment if you plan on doing more photo or video work.
Check out this list of our top 5 picks!
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Cute shoes are , unfortunately, NOT comfy dance shoes..
But BUT BUT- the costume calls for tan or light brown Oxfords! And the ones you have, you've only worn to church, or that one time you felt like kinda-dressing up for school.
It'd be a nightmare to slip or fall during a performance – yet stages can be mad slippery, making prime real estate for falls. And gripless shoes do not help. So what do you do??!
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The stickiness of the tape will provide more grip for your feet. Just make sure that you use the right color! Shining silver soles can be distracting.
No doubt there will be a number of hairspray cans around, anyway. So if you want a quick fix, rub your hair on your shoes! Nah, just kidding. Spray it.
Scuffing your shoes on rough, rocky concrete, supposedly breaks apart the smooth surface a little, giving it a few ridges to grip the floor better.
Unless your costume is super crazy or you have changes, it doesn't really matter what you wear during tech time.
But always wear the shoes you will be performing in! It's the only time you'll have to test how they feel on that particular stage before you're performing.
You don't want any surprises during the actual show. Even discomfort can be adapted to – if you know what to expect!
Girls.. We all know that panicked feeling when you have 10 minutes from your last run-through until your meet-up time for the show.
You go to the bathroom and fight through a flock of other girls, hair curlers, makeup bags, to have only A DAMN SQUARE INCH of the mirror.
Bring a full-length mirror to your next competition.
If you lay it sideways, you and 3 other teammates can use it, anywhere. Me-rrors? More like OUR-rrors!
and use it like DIS!!!!
Bringing a power strip to a competition will make you so popular, trust me.
You can out-LET those with curling wands, straightening irons, phone chargers use their devices! Plug ALL the things!!
While we're on the topic of performance day, here's a foolproof checklist for your duffel bag for a show:
Makeup is a personal choice; those who choose to wear it while dancing are gr8, those who do without are also gr8.
But what's NOT so wonderful, is looking like this:
Maybe you don't need a full-on waterproof makeup routine, but a few things do help sweat-proof your makeup.
Boom! Stay slayin'.
Wanna take class, but can't afford the cost?
Can't drive to a studio every night, or have school/work during studio hours?
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Did you find this list helpful? Do you have any other useful tips for fellow dancers? Leave a comment below and share with us!This article was originally published on June 16, 2015.