#DancerProbs Part III

Yep, #DancerProbs is back for a third time! You can check out Part I and Part II if you missed them – and if you’re not sure what a #DancerProb is, I broke down my interpretation in Part 1.

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11. When you can dance for hours on end, but can’t run for more than a minute

It was always a big one (particularly when I was at college) ‘OMG you dance all day, you must be so fit’, *gets lulled into a false sense of security, goes on a run, is home again 10 minutes later because lungs feel like they’re going to explode*… I’m ashamed to say this has happened several times throughout my life. I’m just NOT FIT 😂 Dancing is generally anaerobic (obviously it depends on what you’re doing), but typically, you’re not going to spend an hour long class constantly jumping around (whatever people may think)! It doesn’t take a genius to know dancers train in a totally different way to runners, so my definition of stamina is different to say, my Dad, who spends his weekends on 50 mile trail runs through the mountains or on cliff tops… But still. If you ask me if I’m fit, I’ll say no. I’ll be the first to die in a Zombie Apocolypse, I’ll run for a bit, then just give in and accept the inevitable 😂

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12. Standing there awkwardly whilst your teacher decides what to do next

…except now, the shoe’s on the other foot, and I’m the teacher feeling the pressure of tens of pairs of eyes, waiting, judging, expecting you to come up with something amazing seeing as you’re taking so long to come up with something. IT’S A STRESSFUL EXPERIENCE!

13. Ruining the Kitchen floor from tapping

This is a throwback: when I was a kid, I was allowed to practice tapping in the kitchen. Only problem being, it scratched up the tiles MASSIVELY. I think that’s the reason Mama P wanted to get a new kitchen a few years back…not to change everything and modern-ise the room, but because the floor was such a state 😂

14. Going to the bathroom when you have leotard and tights on under your clothes

I can’t remember the last time I was actually in a leotard, but I know others will relate…it’s such a pain! Particularly in winter when you have multiple layers on!

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15. You can’t throw ‘normal’ clothes away, just in case you need them for a costume

I’ve had this problem all my life, I still do at 27. Though now, I’ve got designated costume bags, which live in the loft instead of it taking up space in the wardrobe. And it’s not just nice clothes that you think you might wear again, it’s any old thing! Old school shirts, waistcoats, ties, animal print dresses, old coats…fake glasses, scarves, blow up clock…honestly, you never know when you might need something! 😂

If you’re curious and want to read my first 10 points, check out #DancerProbs Part I and #DancerProbs Part II 

Lynette x (3)

#DancerProbs Part II

Back when I was just dabbling with blogging a couple of years ago, I posted ‘#DancerProbs Part I’ – a post with my first 5 problems that dancers encounter in everyday life. And with so many #dancerprobs out there, it seemed only right to do another post…this may even turn into a little series, you never know! And shout out to Graham Hebron for the images – they’re a couple of years old now, but he wanted a dancer project in his portfolio, and I had a studio, so… 🙊

6. Choreographing to Every Song On Your Phone

The best time to create is when you’re NOT TRYING to plan something, so often for me that happens when I’m out on a walk. Or driving to work. The latter is much more annoying – has anyone else tried voguing whilst driving on winding country roads? Don’t. 🙈

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7. Bad pirouette days

It’s totally a thing. I don’t know why, but it is! Sometimes you just can’t turn well, regardless of the amount of effort you put into your technique , or the amount of times you try to correct/alter what you’re doing. And it can be INFURIATING! 

8. Dancing Down Supermarket Aisles

I have to say I haven’t found myself doing it as much recently, perhaps because I’m the sensible one in our relationship and have to keep Ed in check when HE skips down the aisles, salad bag and shower gel swinging in hand. I did it a lot when I was at college though. And often, I wasn’t alone, it was an entire group effort – yes, sometimes we got in people’s way or our trollies accidentally collided – but I’m sure a bit of entertainment by the frozen veg is exactly what the people of Sidcup wanted, right? 😂 

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9. Waking Up With Mysterious bruises 

Again, less common for me now – I teach more therefore I dance less, so any bruises I DO get, I have a pretty good idea where they come from. But back in the day, you’ll wake up to bruises on strange parts of your body with no idea where they came from. The most juicy, recent bruise I had (a few months back now) was on the shoulder…and I wasn’t the only one. Sorry gals. Bring your pillows next time we try shoulder freezes 😂

10. Relaxing Your Smile When You Turn Away From the Audience

It makes me feel bad, but sometimes it’s necessary! If you’ve never tried smiling for a long period of time, try it. It’s painful! On stage, after months of grueling rehearsals the pain in your face can be a good distraction from the pain in your arms or quads or calves perhaps, especially when your cheeks start shaking from being fixed in that position for so long. But that doesn’t mean it’s pleasant! I don’t like dropping character on stage, even if I AM facing the backdrop, but if it’s between that and getting facial twitches (they happen if it’s fixed for too long) mid kick line…

Stay tuned, there’ll be more dancer probs posts to come, as well as some ‘new home’ and wedding planning posts!

Lynette x (3)

#DancerProbs Part I


There are so many, you can’t put them all into one post. Hence the title, ‘Part I’… there will be many more to come in the future (‘:

Before I delve in, I’m going to explain what a ‘Dancer Problem’ is. When you take dancing seriously, it becomes a massive part of your life, and even when you’re not in the studio training, you can’t escape it. Sometimes a ‘problem’ is something big that you’re aware that you’re doing. Sometimes it’s something small that you don’t notice you do until someone else brings it up. Here we go. Maybe examples will make more sense…

1. Daydreaming about choreography

It can happen wherever you are, at any time of the day or night – especially when you’re listening to music. Sat on the sofa, chilling in the bath (sometimes literally if it’s that long the water gets cold), walking to work, out shopping, sat in the car… Sometimes you daydream about a piece you’ve been learning and working on in class, sometimes it’s choreographing in your head. I’m pretty sure my eyes must glaze over – but it makes time pass quickly if you’re bored!

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2. Finishing a pirouette on perfect balance and no one seeing it

When you finish a perfect double or triple, facing the front, on balance, holding your position for a couple of seconds – it’s such a feeling of accomplishment, feeling that strength and technique there. It doesn’t always happen, which is why it’s so exciting when it does! I remember back in my college days, if this happened when you were practicing individually, you’d turn around quickly to see if anyone saw. BECAUSE we all understood what an achievement it was, even if someone was stood at the other side of the room, they’d yell at you ‘I SAW THAT!’. And of course, you return the favour too if you see it. It just sucks when it happens and no one sees so you have no proof (‘:

3. You can’t get into jeans without dancing

First thing – doing multiple grande plies to stretch them out. Second thing – doing the highest jumps you can as you yank on the belt loops to pull them up. That’s on the rare occasion you’re actually wearing jeans and not dance wear…

4. Your body is never happy with temperature of the studio

It’s either freezing cold or boiling hot. There’s rarely a happy medium. And at this time of year, with the weather unable to make up it’s mind – it can be too hot one day, and too cold the next!

 

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5. Clicking and cracking around ‘muggles’

(In this context, muggles are non-dance folk). You need to click and crack various parts of your body multiple times a day. Those who know you, are used to it. But if you do it around people who don’t expect it, you can get some REALLY funny looks. These vary from confusion to utter disgust (‘:

First 5, done! Feel free to comment if you’ve experienced some of these, or let me know if there’s some #dancerprobs of your own that you want me to include in my next instalment! If this has only just wet your appetite, check out Part II and Part III!

Until next time…

Lynette x (3)