Reacting To Your Assumptions About Dance!

Hey daydreamers! Goodness, it has been a crazy week, and I’m so excited for the weekend ahead! In between recording our spring show for dance company, a huge science project and tons of tests and quizzes, I’ve been super busy. Today’s post is going to be a super fun one. I’ll be reacting to y’alls assumptions about dance! A few weeks ago I asked for your assumptions about dance, and I got so many amazing ones! Thanks for the help on this post and let’s get into it!

Dancers are petite.

I wouldn’t say that every single dancer is petite. There’s shorter people (like me lol) that dance, there’s super tall people (there was a senior last year who graduated at my studio who is like 6 feet), and then there’s the average people in between.

To be professional, it takes years of work and a ton of practice each week.

Yes, this one is definitely true! Let’s say you want to be a pro soccer player, you have to constantly work at it and improve, and that takes years of practice. It’s the exact same thing with dance.

Most dancers are always in need of some dance related thing

*cough* new pointe shoes *cough* Haha yes, this one is pretty accurate. I’m always needing a new pair of tights, more hairnets and pins, new pointe shoes every couple of months…

Dancers don’t like it when people say “dance isn’t a sport”.

YES. This really bugs me because when people say this, they’re usually trying to tell you that dance is easy and doesn’t compare to a sport. In my opinion, dance isn’t a sport unless you are competing (then it absolutely is a sport), but it’s a performing art that requires extreme athleticism and is just as hard, if not harder, than most sports. So although it *technically* isn’t, when people say that it isn’t, it’s annoying because it feels like they’re saying it’s not hard. Does that make sense? XD

It’s hard to become friends with other dancers from other dance companies (totally random)

Hmm, not sure? The people in your company become like your sisters because you spend so much time together, so it might be hard to be friends with someone from another company. I’m not quite sure because I haven’t interacted with other companies that often.

Ballet is expensive

For sure, just as a hobby you have to pay for new pointe shoes every few months that cost around $90, tights and leotards, and tuition, and if you’re thinking about making it a career you’d have to pay for expensive summer intensives or even boarding schools.

The Nutcracker is the most popular ballet.

It’s definitely the most well-known, and it’s my personal favorite because I have so many memories from the Nutcracker! Nutcracker season is my favorite time of the year, and it’s such a magical ballet that’s apart of so many people’s holiday traditions.

Pointe shoes hurt your feet / Ballet dancers’ toes hurt a lot.

YES. *cries* At least mine do, especially if I’ve been wearing pointe shoes for a long time. If you have proper shoes they probably shouldn’t hurt too terribly, but I haven’t quite found the perfect shoe yet.

Dancers literally dance everywhere they want, no matter where or who is around

Haha yes, this is literally me all the time! I’m constantly dancing around the house. Even at school I’ll find myself standing in fifth position or doing a pique turn in the halls when no one else is around, hehe.

You dance 3 days a week

I usually dance 6 days a week, with class on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, and rehearsals on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Except at rehearsal I’m not always dancing, since I’m an understudy since I’m in the youngest group.

You dance (on average) 2-3 hours each day

*Pulls out calculator* 4 hours on Monday, 1 hour, 1.5 hours, 1 hour, 1 hour, 3-5 hours… Let’s just round that to 2 lol.

You want to go professional one day!

Although dance is a great activity for me, I probably don’t want to become a professional dancer. I do think that would be really cool though! Maybe one day I could be a choreographer or have my own dance studio…

Dancers are very strong.

Yes, you have to have a ton of strength to pull yourself up onto your toes, lift your leg up to crazy heights and hold it there, and have stamina to dance for hours at a time!

Professional dancers feet are really beat up and cut.

Some of them probably are – my feet are beat up and I’m just a student, but I also know people whose feet look totally normal. 🤷‍♀️

Professional dancers have to be committed to dance, and their time has to be based on dance.

For sure, it takes a ton of hard work and dedication in order to be a professional dancer. (If you have Disney+, there’s an amazing documentary on there called On Pointe that’s all about students training to be part of the New York City Ballet if you’re interested!) (Disclaimer: I’m basing my knowledge of the professional dancer questions off of things like that documentary, since I’m obviously not a professional dancer)

You’ve been dancing for most of your life

Yup! I started in a little-kid ballet/tap/gymnastics class when I was a toddler, and then in kindergarten I started going to my current studio.

 ballet hurts like anything.

Sometimes I’m extremely sore, and my toes hurt a lot from pointe shoes. I’d say this one is true.

you practice almost everyday.

Yup, 6 days a week counting rehearsal and 4 days not counting it.

most dancers don’t want to do dance full-time as a career….Is that true

I’m not sure – I think a lot of people enjoy dance as a hobby, and others want to make it their career someday. I probably won’t pursue a professional path, but I can’t speak for everyone…so I’m really not sure on this one, sorry.

you have to dance multiple times a week to be good at it.

Yes, it’s important to train multiple times a week, especially if you are en pointe.

there’s a lot of pressure being a dancer

It can be stressful to go onstage when a lot of people are counting on you to make the rest of the company look good, for sure.

dancing tends to cause you to miss other activities

Yes, which is probably my least favorite part about it.

ur feet hurt-

Haha, this one is super accurate. XD

This was a super fun post! Thank you so much to everyone who participated, I really appreciate it! ❤ If you’re a dancer, let me know if you relate to or don’t relate to any of these. Have a great weekend (or whenever you’re reading this) & see y’all next time!

THIS WEEK’S SHOUTOUts GO To everyone who submitted their assumptions! Thank you Horsehappy14, Diamond, Amber, Gabrielle, Addie, Rayna, Hannah, & Cookie!

Can you relate to any of these?


19 thoughts on “Reacting To Your Assumptions About Dance!

  1. This was a great post idea! I might have to borrow it sometime lol 😉
    These were all wonderful answers! I personally don’t want to go professional with dance either, but would like to teach and maybe start a studio!

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  2. Love this, it was super cool to learn more about dance! I did dance for like a year when I was nine XD but that’s it. When you said you get upset when people say that dancing isn’t a sport, I totally feel you! I’m an equestrian, and when people say riding isn’t a sport I can’t stand it haha

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      1. It is! Aw thank you, it is hard! I totally respect dance as well, you guys put a lot of hard work into it!


  3. I’d say Nutcracker is the most widely performed over companies, along with classics such as Swan Lake and Giselle.
    Hair pins probably rank up there with pointe shoes in the frequently bought list (seriously, where do they all go?)
    Pointe shoes do hurt (and if they don’t then they’re dead) but there’s new “accessories” to help relieve the pain. I, personally, have a couple of toe spacers and they help relieve the pain. It’s the blisters that are killer though!
    I think being friends depends on the person. You can either see others as competition or not. Not many outsiders understand the ballet life, so why waste time being “frenemies”?

    Great post! I had fun reading the questions and your responses. 💖

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