Dancers are a little bit different. We spend our nights doing crazy things. We spend our days thinking about spending our nights doing crazy things. We travel around the world to dance for a weekend – and many of us don’t even leave the hotel.
How many of these graphs do you relate to?
1. Before/After Dance Friends
You start dance with a plethora of non-dance friends from all different areas. There’s that one friend who just started dancing. After a few months of prodding, you finally agree to go and try that thing they won’t stop talking about…
…By the time you have been dancing seriously for a couple years, you’ve forgotten what it means to have non-dance friends. Your friends either now dance because you convinced them to, or barely talk to you because you’re busy every night of the week.
Of course, there’s still that one friend who sticks around because you’ve known each other literally forever.
2. Wardrobe Implications
Originally, you have work clothes, casual clothes, athletic clothes, and one or two fancy outfits. But, once you begin dancing, it becomes impossible to pick an outfit without dance-testing.
Eventually, even all of your work clothes become dance-able if necessary in a crisis.
Of course, we also can’t forget the floodgates that open when you buy your first pair of dance shoes. Remember that glowing time, a couple months in where you decide to invest in your very. first. pair?
Fast forward a couple years, and you’ve got a pair for every occasion!
3. YouTube Habits
Non-dancers use YouTube for all kinds of things. They learn how to do new stuff, listen to music, and watch funny cat videos.
Dancers have playlists for every genre and style. Any time the opportunity presents itself, they’re scouring the internet for some new YouTube favorite – or hunting the perfect video to show someone else all about this magical dance-thing.
4. Facebook Contents
Ah Facebook. The place where everyone has ‘friends’ they’ve barely met, and random men or women from halfway around the world message just to tell you how pretty you are… and would you like to buy some Oakley sunglasses?
Of course, you also have friends, family and co-workers. Some of us even keep exes around.
Once you’re a dancer, the situation changes. Everyone else is still there – but you’re getting tons of Facebook requests every month. After events, the numbers spike. The test is no longer ‘Do I remember them?’ but ‘Do they seem like they have at least 10 dance friends in common?’
The result? Most of your Facebook are people that you’ve probably met – but you don’t remember in the slightest.
Of course you should save money and have balanced finances! That’s hard enough for normal people.
But…. how can you spend money responsibly when you have so many fun trips and pretty things to buy to support your dance habit? And, what about lessons?!?*
*Disclaimer: this is meant for fun, and is (mostly) an exaggeration. Dance should not bankrupt you or prevent you from saving. If it is, you’re doing it wrong.
6. The Social Dance Curve
When you first begin, social dancing is scary.
When you’ve been dancing a bit, social dancing is fun – but you still have a life.
When you’ve been dancing for a while, social dancing IS your life.
When you’ve been social dancing forever, you start wanting to have other parts of your life back… as long as they don’t stop you from dancing.
I used to take 1 vacation with my family every 1-2 years. Now, I’m on a plane or driving somewhere roughly once a month.
Of course, when I go to a new place, I spend most of my time never leaving the hotel room because I’m sleeping all day and dancing all night.
#DancerProblems #WhatARoughLife (#jk)
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This is spot on, and so funny! I posted on my site’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/swingdancela/
My Facebook photos of me contain a high %age of flyers for dance events. And is it a bad thing that I have more DJs on my friends list than family?
This article was pretty spot on for me. Non-dancers friends, I think, get irritated that I gush so much about my dance friends, but those are the people I actually see every week if not more.
No matter how many times I refresh and reload this page, I still only see the first graph, while all others are merely placeholders. 🙁 Is there a technical problem since you moved to this new page or is there anything else I can try on my side?
Thank you, Masha
It should be working now! Thanks for the catch 🙂
I’m having the same problem Masha was . .
“No matter how many times I refresh and reload this page, I still only see the first graph, while all others are merely placeholders.”
. . any chance you can ‘fix’ it again . . please?