If someone were to ask you "what's it like to be a dancer?" you probably wouldn't know where to begin...
It's like a "you wouldn't get it unless you're in it" type of thing.
But the Mean Girls know what’s up! Their memes about the #dancerlyfe will have you saying, “I know, right?!”
We come up with our own lingo
like Boom! Squa-naNA, Zeegazüm KA, and weirdly enough, everyone gets it
When a popular dancer or team wears something,
everyone wants to copy it. No matter how ridic it actually looks.
The most nerve-wracking feeling:
after trying your best in something and wondering what the directors or choreographers are thinking
When the team is responsible for finding their own costumes
but the color scheme is super specific and no one quite understands what shades of olive or salmon are acceptable
But once you get your costume together, it's time to bling it on
because they said "accessories are fine, as long as it's not gonna distract you from dancing"
And no matter how much freedom the directors gave you initially
they end up getting super nit-picky with costumes
So when your teammates start to panic a few days before
your Facebook group becomes flooded with suggestions of where to buy things
But it all ends up coming together on show day
even if you literally got your pants at Target on the way to the venue
After a competition, you keep your wristband on for the next week
even if it's soggy and gross from multiple showers, because #withdrawals
You've practiced your "facials"
especially if you're getting a lot of front-stage time
So you whip 'em out when you see the action shot photographer
thinking "Aw yeah, new profile pic"
But all of your pictures come out unflattering because of the double chin angle or half-blink
or girls – your hair just covers your entire face/body/existence
And eating healthy during hell weeks is damn near impossible
because when nothing else is open late, someone will suggest...
You've accepted your membership into #teamnosleep
and everything is funny to you at 4-6 am even though you have class or work in 2 hours
We rarey bother to dress cute
why start the day with regular clothes if you're just gonna end up in dance clothes anyway?
But if it's "Spirit Week" during hell week
you have to dress according to a theme each night. Great. 7 more mini costumes to worry about.
Dancers love to Snap and Insta all the cool fun dance stuff we do
Evoking mad F.O.M.O. in the dancers that weren't there
I mean, your life is pretty much a balance between FOMO about dance stuff,
and FOMO about the rest of your lifebecause you're always dancing.(*replace "sick" with "I have rehearsal..")
The median age for dancers seems to be getting younger and younger
and older dancers slightly envy their access to videos and training
When your friend is teaching a class and you help them out
by posting their flyer, or assisting, or even just playing their music for them
And girls who only met once magically develop a BFFship through social media
selfie? Heart eyes emoji x 1000000
We use really violent phrases to describe "doing well" in a piece
like "KILLED IT!" or "MURDER/MURK IT!" or "SLAY!!!"
When two dancers "collab" or collaborate on making a piece together,
we try to mush their names together. Or is that just me? Idk, but it's fun.
Sometimes it's really hard to hear a sound that a choreographer is dancing to.
So when you finally do hear it, you're super proud.
Especially if the rest of the class is still struggling.
Sometimes we get weird YouTube comments
from people who really don't know what they're talking about. So..
Cuz the people who leave hate comments
are 99.9999999% guaranteed to be irrelevant anyways
When we go out with our team or other dancer friends
we're always the loudest, most obnoxious group trying to dance up on everyone else
Whenever someone has an opinion in the dance community
time to write out an essay-status Facebook
And then someone inevitably responds with a comment
that more or less tells them to calm down because dance is fun
"Hairography" is when we thrash our head around a lot
So our hair makes our moves look super full-out and dramatic
Dancers can get kinda defensive about dumb new dance trends
but use them in pieces – in an ironic way, so it's cool!
When dance competitions end, there's always a Lion-King-like stampede of performers and attendees outside
hugging, taking pics, and trying to figure out where to eat. But we all secretly wanna go home cuz call time was at 6 am dammit.
When dancers have a team banquet at the end of the year,
prepare for water-werks. Even from the ones you'd least expect to be crybabies.
Trying to figure out the number of dancers that own Adidas Superstars
and you realize
Like attracts like, so a lot of us date other dancers
until you find out they dated 8 of your other dancer friends so you're like NAH
We're all about energy
so when someone's bringing negative vibes to a rehearsal, class, or event, we're just like
When people brag about being humble..
You are. You are so humble. Please post about it some more.
When teams place at competitions and it's awesome,
but they really just want to share the love :)
So. Who else is itching to re-watch Mean Girls now?? If you do, watch out for more moments that remind you of the dancer life ;)
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