13 Reasons Dancers Are Winning At Life

13 Reasons Dancers Are Winning At Life

They're really not JUST dancers.

It's no secret dancers are really cool. On top of our insane flexibility and the emotional and physical demands it takes to be a dancer, we've got a really good head on our shoulders.

If you can still honestly say, after reading these 13 reasons, that you're okay without knowing a couple dancers in your life- then I applaud you. 'Cause I'd like to get to know them all.

1. We're flexible.

Okay, so this one doesn't have much to do with everyday life but come on, it's really cool how we can do things like this:

2. We're hard workers and we know what discipline is.

Calling all employees! Hire a dancer - they don't really understand what "marking it" actually means. They'll do everything full out and to their best potential. 100%, all the time. But it's a little difficult to go a whole day without dancing to blow off some steam, so don't be surprised if you catch something a little like this:

3. We like to entertain.

We know how to put on a good show at any given moment. Granted, we don't typically like when people say, "You're a dancer, show me what you can do!" But take us to a club and chances are we won't say no to dancing with you.

4. We've got a lot of good, dramatic stories.

No, dance is not like dance moms. But yes, I do know some crazy dance parents and some crazy dance kids. You get the weirdest stories from competitions and you'd be surprised. The personal favorite of mine is, "Let me tell you about the time I was at nationals and got a bird stuck in my hair!" Like, how the heck do you get a bird stuck in your hair?

5. We're genuinely fun to be around.

Seriously, we probably will not say no to dancing. And you'll see a lot of interesting things when you're with us. Cause we dance a lot.

6. We're driven.

If they've decided to become a professional dancer then they're going to focus on that goal all the time. They're probably in class, everyday, working their butts off to get to where they want to be. It's literally always in the back of their mind and they're usually pretty good at motivational speeches if you need one. We've got to give it to ourselves every once in a while. (Or like, once a day, but who's counting?)

7. We're passionate.

If the dancer you're around is anything like me, they love passionate people. We're not just "love it" passionate. We're the "blood, sweat, and tears," kind of passionate. Seriously, you could be passionate about computer science - which I know nothing about - and I'll listen to you talk about it for two hours because I like the way people's eyes light up when they're passionate about something. We love what we do - and we love that other people love what they do, too.

8. We're really good role models.

Most of us are, anyway. We're driven and disciplined; which makes us a really good role model for those who are younger and striving to achieve excellence.

9. We can see the world through a thousand different eyes.

Not literally, no. But I've come to find that dancers are more open and understanding to the world around us. The dance world is filled with all sorts of races and sexualities and frankly, we just don't care. It's cool to build relationships with all sorts of people. I mean, think of all the cultural dances that take place, and all the different styles. There are at least a thousand, if not more. You make connections on a really deep level and learn a lot about people.

10. We're fearless, creative, and well-rounded.

Usually you won't just get a "dancer." You'll get a dancer and a painter, or a dancer but I sing a little bit, or a dancer and an actress. We like to try new things and stay way out of our comfort zones. It makes life pretty interesting.

11. We're #relatable.

In all seriousness, this one is a biggie. Usually dancers aren't the best talkers. I know I'm not. That's why we dance, to get across what we want to say. We place what we want to say into our movements and really, it's so beautiful. We have the power to move people to tears, laughter, joy - any emotion under the sun - with movement. If that's not cool, I don't know if anything is really that cool.

12. We're really competitive, but we can handle rejection.

Dance is like a series of "No's." You get a billion. Especially in competition dance, you sit there and listen to someone tell you what's wrong with everything you do and you have to say, "Okay. Let's go work on it." If someone says no, we're pretty good at getting up and trying again.

13. We get it.

And by get it, I mean emotion. Dancers are some of the most emotional people. (I cry probably 3 times a week, maybe more.) Dance is already an emotional sport, but it's difficult to tap into parts of yourself you don't want people to see. Dancers are open and honest. They do something most of the world can't do - show them their hearts and souls.

So there. Dancers get it. They get how to show the world who they really are, even if it's only for a couple minutes on a stage.

I hope you'll take the time to get to know and appreciate the dancers in your life!

Cover Image Credit: NYC Dance Stuff

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What It's Like To Take A Class With Professor Yuri Urbanovich

My experience taking a class with one of the best professors at UVA.

I have taken multiple classes with Professor Urbanovich during my time at UVA, and he is one of my favorite professors. Not only does he genuinely care about his students, but he also pushes them to learn more than humanly possible in the span of 50 minutes.

Seriously, I have learned more in his classes about Russian history and politics than I could have ever imagined. Professor Urbanovich’s thick Georgian accent and recalls of personal experiences also make his classes more personal, allowing students to understand the nation’s history and politics on a completely different level.

No wonder his classes fill up in a matter of hours when course registration begins!

The best part of Professor Urbanovich’s class is the many repeated quotes that one can uncover during his lectures. I am currently taking a J-term course with Professor Urbanovich and I have noticed that he says some things a lot throughout the course of his lectures, which makes them that much more interesting and fun.

If you’re interested in taking a course with Professor Urbanovich, which I highly recommend, be aware of the fact that Urbanovich will say the following things a lot.

1. My friends...

Professor Urbanovich does not refer to his students as “you guys” or “ my students,” but rather “my friends.” He often starts his lectures with “my friends,” making the class more intimate and welcoming. He welcomes various thoughts and opinions and treats his students in a way that makes it seem like you really are friends with the professor.

I have only taken two classes with him, but he always remembers who I am (a rare occurrence at a large university).

2. It is inconceivable

Professor Urbanovich often says that certain events or occurrences are “inconceivable”, and when he does, you know that the even matters a lot in terms of Russian history. It’s sort of like a marker for the things you should absolutely remember after any given lecture.

Earlier this week, one of his students quoted Urbanovich’s “inconceivable” phrase during a presentation, and the entire class, including the professor, started laughing. It just goes to show how welcoming and fun his classes can be.

3. I mean, can you imagine...

This is something along the lines of “inconceivable”, but it happens on rare occasions, usually when Professor Urbanovich is comparing the US to Russia and explaining how various events that occur in Russia would not be welcomed in the US or any other nation.

For example, the Pussy Riot fiasco that occurred in Russia was a stab at the religious values present in Russia, but we idolize it in the US. If something like this had happened in Israel or any other nation with strong religious values, we would most likely look at it in a different light. I mean, can you imagine…

4. I am so proud of you

Professor Urbanovich values education over number grades, often telling students that he is extremely proud of the work they’ve done and that they will go far in life. He does give exams, homework responses, and various projects, as any professor would, but he often makes students feel accomplished and successful after the completion of any assignment.

His comments on most essays are very constructive and provide guidance toward the development of better writing skills and the creation of more ambitious future projects.

5. Don't throw potatoes at my head

On the first day of my J-Term class, Professor Urbanovich compared our class to a large group of protestors as a joke, saying that we shouldn’t throw potatoes at his head if we did not agree with one of his statements.

Throughout the course of the past two weeks, he has repeated this phrase several times, especially during lectures that might have sparked opposition among students. Professor Urbanovich says this in a joking way of course, and it makes the class seem less intense than it is, almost as if we were not learning 1000+ years of Russian history in the span of 10 days.

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21 Things To Do On Your 21st Birthday

You’re officially legal! It’s time to celebrate!

You’ve been waiting for this day for, well, 21 years! It’s one of the biggest milestone birthdays there is to look forward to. You probably never thought you’d make it to this point, but now that the day is here, there’s so much to do!

1. Drink!

2. Go out to dinner.

3. Go to the Casino.

4. Go on a winery tour.

5. Drink!

6. See a movie.

7. Drink!

8. Eat wine-flavored ice-cream!

9. Buy something for yourself.

10. Scratch lottery tickets.

11. Drink!

12. Go bowling.

13. Throw a party.

14. Go on a cruise.

15. Drink!

16. Dance.

17. Drink!

18. Go to a club with friends!

19. Celebrate with family.

20. Open presents.

21. Drink!

You’ve waited 21 years to legally have your first sip of alcohol, whether it be wine, beer or some fruity cocktail. The moral of this is it’s time to drink, so indulge yourself.

But drink responsibly!

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