If You Danced Competitively, You Know These 21 Things To Be True

If You Danced Competitively, You Know These 21 Things To Be True

From the makeup to the long hours, every competitive dancer knows these to be true.
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1. Quick costume changes.

You'd be amazed at what we can change into in under a minute.

2. Buying new shoes every year.

We all know they always get holes or ugly marks on them. Capezio, you're our best friend.

3. Pinning your costumes.

There was always that one costume that just didn't fit you right. Safety pins for the save!

4. Insane amounts of hairspray.

Your head is so crunchy and stiff by the end of the day that when you take your ponytail out, your hair basically stays the same.

5. Waiting backstage for your number to be called for forever when there's nobody onstage.

There hasn't been anyone on stage for 15 minutes now but you're ready to go on.

6. Awards.

These are always painfully long.

7. Listening to judges' critiques.

As helpful as they can be, they are always entertaining to listen to.

8. "How do you remember all of those routines?"

Muscle memory, baby.

9. Fake eyelashes.

Your eyes feel like there are ten pounds on them

10. Stretching while doing homework.

Just pop into splits and get that math done.

11. You've had a routine to almost every song ever.

*Song comes on the radio* "Oh, I've danced to this!"

12. You hated recitals.

They were kind of pointless after 7 competitions.

13. Screaming and cheering for your friends.

You usually lose your voice the next day.

14. Rhinestoning everything.

Bling, bling.

15. Prop dads are our heroes.

What would we do without them?

16. "How was your competition? Did you win?"

It doesn't quite work like that.

17. Bruises.

You didn't know where they came from half the time.

18. Competition hangovers.

WE JUST WANT TO SLEEP.

19. That one competition that doesn't use platinum or gold.

You confused the shit out of us.

20. You spent more time at the studio than you did at home.

Your dance friends were your family.

21. Cringing at your old competition videos.

You don't know if you should laugh or cry at these.

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The 15-Day Disney Drawing Challenge For The Artistic ​Mouseketeer

Disney fans better be ready to sketch!

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Have you ever wanted to draw something, anything, but couldn't get any inspiration? Or you just didn't have any idea where to start? Here is a list for you. It is a list that provides 15 prompts of what to draw that are all Disney inspired. Without further ado, here is the 15 Day Disney Drawing Challenge.

1. Draw Your Favorite Original Disney Character 

We are starting out with a pretty simple one. You can draw any version of the character, they just have to be one of the originals (Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, etc.).

2. Draw Your Favorite Sidekick

Whether it be Timon and Pumba or Chip, you have to draw your favorite Disney sidekick.

3. Draw Your Favorite Princess

We all have one. Here is your time to shine when you put your pencil to paper to draw your favorite Disney Princess.

4. Draw A Pixar Character

Here is where you can only draw those special characters that were created by Pixar.

5. Ship Two Characters From Different Movies

Here is where you can make the pairing that you want in your head. Whether it be Anna and Prince Charming or Ariel with Flynn Rider, let your imagination soar.

6. Draw Your Favorite Villain

Everybody has them. Here is where you can honor your favorite Disney baddie.

7. Genderbend Any Villain

Basically what you are doing here is making the men women and the women men. If you ever wanted to see Ursula as a guy, here is your chance.

8. Draw Your Favorite Disney Villain As A Child

They were all children at one point. Here is your chance to show us what they would look like as innocent younglings.

9. Draw Your Favorite Palace/Kingdom

Have you ever seen a kingdom and thought: "If only I could live there." Here is your chance to make that closer to being a reality.

10. Draw Any Disney Animal In Human Form

Ever wondered what Scar or Thumper would look like as human? Here is your chance to let your imagination run wild.

11. Draw A Scene From The Very First Disney Movie You Remember Seeing

Here is where the nostalgia can kick you into high gear.

12. Draw A Scene From Your Favorite Villain Song

Every villain has a song, pick your favorite moment from one of them and put it on paper.

13. Draw Your Favorite Underrated Disney Character

There are some characters that just don't get the respect that they deserve. Here is your chance to fix that.

14. Turn Any Character Into A Mermaid/Merman

I don't know about you, but I always wished that I was a mermaid. Here is an opportunity to make someone else's mermaid dream come true.

15. Create A Stained Glass Window Using Any Character 

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What It's Like Being An Introverted Leader

Different people lead differently.

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When you think of the qualities a leader or someone in a leadership position should have, being out-going is often mentioned. However, I don't think that always has to be the case. I've been a part of many different leadership opportunities and programs, yet I'm still the same socially awkward hermit I've always been. Being out-going and extroverted doesn't qualify someone to be a good leader, just like being shy and introverted makes you a bad one, it's about your skills.

When I went to a leadership program at a summer camp, I often heard that I didn't talk very much or I was too quiet and shy for a summer camp entertaining kids, I should have been more talkative. I'd also get a few counselors coming up to be that when they were in the same program I was in, they were also the same things I was and not to worry about it. Even now, I'm still quite and relatively shy person, but that doesn't discredit my ability to be a good leader, or anyone else's.

In my high school ASB (Associated Student Body) class, we took a fun personality test to find out what kind of leaders we were; someone who likes to be in charge, be in the spotlight, more organized, or stay in the background. I got someone who likes to be in the spotlight, which was a surprise to me too, but thinking about it, it makes sense. I'm not overly out-going, but given the right motivation, I don't mind going up to people and striking up a conversation.

I can also say that at some point I have possessed all four of these personalities or traits over the course of my different leadership roles. The reason I'm even bringing this personality test up is that it definitely shows that there are different types of leaders out there, and not all of them have to be extraverted. I tried to find the one I took but couldn't find the exact one, but if you're interested there are a ton of different ones out there.

Over time, I've learned and worked on many valuable skills, like conflict resolution, time management, actually listening to what others have to say, and more. I keep myself up to date with my surroundings and what's going on in the world, and I still meet and hang out with people, when I have time. People grow and learn on their own pace, we should let them without overly critiquing them.

In the end, whether someone is out-going or not shouldn't determine the ability they have to be a good leader, sure in some cases it's better to more extraverted, but it's not a make or break trait. So long as they have their mind in the right place and know how to handle different tasks and situations, it doesn't matter.

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