Things No One Told You About Being A Dancer

Dancing is not easy, and dancers  are not as inarticulate as people would think.

Once you start dancing, you’d find yourself signing up for other dance classes, because why not get engaged in more dancing and explore the dance world even more?

And then.. You’d find (at least) these few things happen…

IT’S A HEALTHY KIND OF DRUG

Dance is addictive.

In the middle of the day, you’d just find yourself humming a song from your previous rehearsal or a classical piece from dance and you just start to dance and emote to it.

IT COULD BE INTENSE

Dancing is physically draining. Especially when you start dancing in the company. You start to become a stronger person, not only physically, but emotionally and mentally too. Training is hard, and on top of that, you’re striving so much to be better everyday which mean it’s  a 5-6 day a week and 8-10 hours a day of dancing. Intense much?

DANCE IS LIFE

You’ll find your world just revolving around dance. From your wardrobe to the way you walk and the way you speak. Basically everything you do everyday. Like watching T.V. while doing your splits, or casually stretching out on a random moment or bursting out in a dance when you’re in a big space.

NOT YOUR PRIMA

When dance becomes life, it doesn’t really mean that you’ll be dancing forever knowing that dance is a very short career. Teaching, choreographing, directing are some options of dancers who have danced their whole life but not really dreamed of being a prima ballerina or a soloist. So if you know amazing dancers who are now teaching, or directing it doesn’t mean that they have failed in their career.

DEDICATION IS A DANCER’S SECRET POWER

Talent is only a bonus, while hard work is a plus, and dedication is a must.

No dancer has ever succeeded in the dance industry without being committed to what they do. Once you’ve chosen dance, you should know that you will eat, breathe, and live dance as long as you’re dancing, and should choose dance above anything else everyday. Yes, everyday.

It’s called self-discipline, and without it there’ll never be progress.