10 Giveaways You're A Dancer

10 Giveaways You're A Dancer

Every dancer can relate...
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1. Everything cracks

Waking up in the morning you feel like a glow stick because of all the cracking. Even the slightest movement and something cracks.


2. You choreograph to any type of music...anywhere

In the car, in the store, in your room, if there's music you know you're choreographing something to that song in your head. There may even be a little foot tapping.

3. You always stand in fifth position

Standing in the front of the class giving a presentation, you're in fifth position. Standing around talking to your friends, you're in fifth position. It doesn't matter where you are, you have been trained enough to know that no matter what, you stand in fifth position.

4. You don't need a sock to do a sock bun.

You were putting your hair into a "sock bun" before they were even a thing...and you don't need a sock to do it!

5. You're probably guilty of wearing your leotard places other than dance.

Leotards are making a comeback and lucky you! You have quite the collection to choose from.

6. You cringe when you hear someone say "one more time"

We all know that does NOT mean one more time, it actually means at least three more. And it's also the main reason why you have trust issues.

7. If something of yours has gone missing, its probably in your dance bag. That thing is like a black hole.

Along with thousands of water bottles, socks, and things you though you would need at dance but never actually used...like that one sports bra you had to have but never wore because it ended up in your dance bag.

8. It physically pains you to sit normal

One leg, or both, has to be up or in a weird position. Its comfortable, yes, but everyone looks at you like you're some freak of nature because no one else sees comfort in sitting like that.

9. "I cant I have dance"

You're number one excuse as to why you never went out, or if you needed an excuse to not go out.

10. You're closer with all your dance friends than anyone else.

Regardless if you met them 2 months ago or 7 years ago, there is a special bond between those who dance, and its a bond that can never be broken. They are so much more than just your friends, they're your family.


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To The Coach Who Ruined The Game For Me

We can't blame you completely, but no one has ever stood up to you before.
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I know you never gave it a second thought, the idea that you're the reason I and many others, never went any farther in our athletic careers.

I know you didn’t sincerely care about our mental health, as long as we were physically healthy and our bodies were working enough to play. It’s obvious your calling wasn’t coaching and you weren’t meant to work with young adults, some who look to you as a parent figure or a confidant.

I also know that if we were to express our concerns about the empty feeling we began to feel when we stepped onto the court, you wouldn’t have taken the conversation seriously because it wasn’t your problem.

I know we can't blame you completely, no one has ever stood up to you before. No one said anything when girls would spend their time in the locker room crying because of something that was said or when half the team considered quitting because it was just too much.

We can't get mad at the obvious favoritism because that’s how sports are played.

Politics plays a huge role and if you want playing time, you have to know who to befriend. We CAN get mad at the obvious mistreatment, the empty threats, the verbal abuse, “it's not what you say, its how you say it.”

We can get mad because a sport that we loved so deeply and had such passion for, was taken away from us single-handedly by an adult who does not care. I know a paycheck meant more to you than our wellbeing, and I know in a few years you probably won’t even remember who we are, but we will always remember.

We will remember how excited we used to get on game days and how passionate we were when we played. How we wanted to continue on with our athletic careers to the next level when playing was actually fun. We will also always remember the sly remarks, the obvious dislike from the one person who was supposed to support and encourage us.

We will always remember the day things began to change and our love for the game started to fade.

I hope that one day, for the sake of the young athletes who still have a passion for what they do, you change.

I hope those same athletes walk into practice excited for the day, to get better and improve, instead of walking in with anxiety and worrying about how much trouble they would get into that day. I hope those athletes play their game and don’t hold back when doing it, instead of playing safe, too afraid to get pulled and benched the rest of the season.

I hope they form an incredible bond with you, the kind of bond they tell their future children about, “That’s the coach who made a difference for me when I was growing up, she’s the reason I continued to play.”

I don’t blame you for everything that happened, we all made choices. I just hope that one day, you realize that what you're doing isn’t working. I hope you realize that before any more athletes get to the point of hating the game they once loved.

To the coach that ruined the game for me, I hope you change.

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The Warriors' Fans May Need To Be Concerned About Stephen Curry

The six-time All-Star point guard's PPG has dipped over the past few games.

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The Golden State Warriors have been the most dominant NBA team over the past five years. They have claimed three NBA championships in the past four seasons and look to pull off a three-peat as they currently hold first place in the Western Conference more than halfway into the 2018-2019 NBA season. Warriors point guard Stephen Curry has been one of the primary reasons for their sustained success and is regarded by many around the NBA as the greatest shooter of all time and one of the best point guards in the league today. However, his points per game (PPG) total has dipped over the last few games. Should this be concerning for Warriors fans?

Curry got off to a hot streak early in the season and has had a few notable games like every season. He scored 51 points in three quarters while tallying 11 three-pointers against the Washington Wizards in the fifth game of the season and has delivered in the clutch with high-scoring games against the Los Angeles Clippers on December 23, 2018 (42 PTS) and Dallas Mavericks on January 13, 2019 (48 PTS).

However, Curry's consistency and point total have slipped over the past few games. He only put up 14 points and had a generally sloppy three-point shooting performance against the Los Angeles Lakers on February 2, and only 19 points four days later against the San Antonio Spurs, who were resting two of their best players, Demar Derozan and Lamarcus Aldridge due to load management. In addition, he only managed 20 points against a hapless Phoenix Suns team who made an expected cakewalk win for Golden State much harder than it should have been.

Perhaps Curry's numbers have dipped because he is still adjusting to having center Demarcus Cousins in the offense, or maybe I am simply exaggerating because Curry's standards are so high. The Warriors have won fifteen of their last sixteen games and are currently in cruise control heading for the top seed in the Western Conference. Perhaps the Warriors will ask more of Curry if the situation gets direr.

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