!!!SINGLE LADIES AND GENTLEMEN IN THE DANCE COMMUNITY!!!Trust, we know it can get lonely being in a sea of dancer couples.It seems like everyone's either boo'ed up or at least talking to someone – while you're as single as a pringle.
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But no worries, your single dancer problems ain't no thang when you are on a dance team.Here are 15 #SDP and 15 ways your dance team is the solution to those problems.
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Team Solution: You don't need your boo to text you "gnight" or "morning beautiful."
Use that team roster and blow up the phones of any of the 30+ people on your team.
One of them is bound to text you back and call you beautiful. Maybe.
Besides, they'll all be awake and asleep whenever you are, giving you a higher chance of eliciting a response!
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Team Solution: With a huge team, there's BOUND to be something going on any given weekend.
Whether it's a chill movie night or going out, there's never "nothing to do."
Post in the Facebook group that you wanna hang out and there's bound to be someone or a group of someones who are down!
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Team Solution: Hold your hand in a fist, like you have something in it.
Go up to a teammate during a break at practice and ask if they can hold something for you.
When he/she says, "Sure," and extends his/her hand out, open your fist slowly as if you are transferring whatever was in there into his/her palm, then lace your fingers with theirs.
Hold on as long as possible until it starts getting weird, which it won't.
Unless it does.
Team Solution: Yo, PDA is never cute, so if you're taken and reading this, can you not make out in front of us while at practice?
As much as you think it's endearing, it's... not. Thanks. And like cutesy, "Stop it! No you stop it! Omg babe STOPPPP!" tickle fights and stuff at practice?
Maybe you should, "Omg babe STOPPPP" and take a look around because you're never in formation and IT SHOWS IN THE VIDEOS.
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Team Solution: Invite teammates for dinner/chill session/boba run and get to talking.
Out of the blue, say that you are hands down the best dancer on the team, and that every dancer on the team is awful and needs to take class 8 days a week, and that you deserve to be center for every piece, always.
I'm sure someone will have something to say about that.
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Team Solution: Dancers are very attractive. You probably have many attractive dance friends on your team.
Take photos with them and post them on social media.
Then, caption your photos with misleading descriptions, like, "Bae<3" or, "Him<3" to fool people from high school who do not know that he/she is not your boo and is probably gay.
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Team Solution: During hell weeks, bring blankets and sleeping bags to practice for people to take naps on during sectionals or breaks.
When you see a teammate who is out cold, lay next to him/her and take your time to carefully spoon him/her.
It's only weird if you make it weird.
Team Solution: I do not advocate teamcest, except when I do.
Sometimes, two teammates can get lonely.
There's no "I" in "TEAM", but there is a "MATE", which is an activity that two of you can partake in.
Again, I do not advocate teamcest.
Team Solution: On competition day, when your team is about to be on deck in their costumes and make up and hair and everything, casually fall back.
Use this time to go to the dressing room and steal your favorite sweater/shirt that a teammate wears, and stuff it into your bag.
After the performance, when he is freaking out wondering where his sweater is, tell him it'll be ok and that maybe he misplaced it while you guys were practicing outside.
Then go home and wear it, but make sure you do not wear it in public.
Or do. Up to you.
Team Solution: You know when you're on stage/in the wings and you hear someone on your team say, "LET'S GO!" or "FINISH STRONG GUYS!" or even in the beginning, when you're taking the stage, when someone always says, "LOVE YOU GUYS!"
Well just replace the pronouns to your name and imagine that those teammates are cheering and supporting you, and only you.
And those posters that competitions have for your team?
Roll it up, take it home, unroll it, get a marker, write your name on it somewhere visible, and tape it onto your wall.
It's like the poster was made PERSONALLY for you.
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Team Solution: Take a picture of your team in costume.
That's a matching #OOTD right there.
Or you know those days when you and a few people show up to practice on the same day wearing soccer pants, a team shirt, and Adidas Superstars?
IT HAPPENS A LOT MORE THAN YOU THINK. #OOTD #OOTN
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Team Solution: Take a teammate home for Thanksgiving and introduce him/her as your boy/girlfriend.
Bonus points if they like him/her.
Double bonus points if you bring a gay teammate home when you are straight.
Triple bonus points if you bring a teammate of the same gender home and use this to come out to your family.
Quadruple bonus points if you bring a teammate of the same gender home and use this to come out to your family... even though you're straight.
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Team Solution: Yo, just because people are good dancers on stage does NOT mean they are good at grinding and doing the nasty dancing at the club.
However, you've got a better chance at finding someone fun to dance with if you're choosing from your whole team.
Who knows? Maybe tonight, the DJ's got you fallin' in love again.
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Team Solution: Ask your directors ahead of time if you are learning a couples piece and mark it in your calendar.
When that practice day arrives, make sure to stand and stretch next to someone you want to be partners with because he/she is a good dancer and you guys have great dance chemistry.
Your prospective partner is your friend, but is also very popular among other teammates.
That's why you must stand near him/her on that day.
After stretches, your directors will announce that you will be learning a couples piece and to find a partner, to which you will sharply extend your arm out and turn your head, locking eyes with him/her because he/she will be right next to you, forcing him/her to become your partner.
Team Solution: Throw an Anti-Valentine's Day party for all the single teammates and spend it drinking wine and eating chocolate and watching old sets where people mess up and playing KFM with Vinh, Pat Cruz, and Lyle.
Or, if you're a director, schedule a surprise and MANDATORY all day practice on Valentine's Day.
IF YOU CAN'T BE HAPPY, NO ONE CAN!!
Hopefully these problems/solutions help and make you realize the importance of your teammates!They are not just your friends and family; they can be great people to fill that void in your cold, cold heart.What are some other ways your dance team is the perfect significant other for you? Share your thoughts with us by commenting below! This article was written by Christina Kim and originally published on February 11, 2015.