Why Dancers Make Excellent Employees

Why Dancers Make Excellent Employees

As dancers, we have a myriad of traits instilled in us by our teachers, our fellow dancers, and ourselves every time we step onto the dance floor.

As dancers, we have a myriad of traits instilled in us by our teachers, our fellow dancers, and ourselves every time we step onto the dance floor. In practices, classes, rehearsals, and competitions, we develop characteristics which make us better dancers and allows us to stand out as potential employees.

1. Dedication

We work incredibly hard to ensure our final product is the best. We leave our hearts on the stage, meaning we put all of our effort into projects, and are very committed to seeing them through to the end.

2. Perfection

We are hard workers who strive for perfection in our craft. We work tirelessly to be our best and do our best. We give our all in classes, practices, rehearsals, shows, and competitions – practice does make perfect.

3. Team Player

We understand that our work is rarely a sole reflection of ourselves. When we perform, we know that our actions represent ourselves, our teammates on and off stage, our company, our directors, our teachers, and our choreographers. Our work is not done selfishly – we know that we are part of a greater entity. We know that we represent more than ourselves on stage.

4. Teamwork

When dancing as a group, we have to be aware of our space and energy in correlation to the space and energy of others. We know how to work together to execute a move and we know how to watch each other as to not collide nor break sync. While we dance, we are confident in our own moves as we have tirelessly practiced them. We focus on the surrounding energy of our fellow dancers to ensure sync and synergy. We feed off of their energy and give our own to represent the mood of the dance – if one dancer is confident, strong, and smiling for an upbeat routine, that energy is contagious as it radiates throughout and beyond the stage.

5. Representation

We know how to represent a brand. For every show or competition, we dress the part – not just of our studio, but of the character or theme we are portraying. We know the attributes which make us part of the team or company, and we represent those attributes and represent the values of the company.

6. Creativity

We know how to be creative and improvise well in situations. If our costume malfunctions or we forget part of routine, we know how to carry on and do so smoothly. We make it work. As dancers, we are creative in choreography, playing on our strengths and enjoying ourselves.

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I Blame My Dad For My High Expectations

Dad, it's all your fault.

I always tell my dad that no matter who I date, he's always my number one guy. Sometimes I say it as more of a routine thing. However, the meaning behind it is all too real. For as long as I can remember my dad has been my one true love, and it's going to be hard to find someone who can top him.

My dad loves me when I am difficult. He knows how to keep the perfect distance on the days when I'm in a mood, how to hold me on the days that are tough, and how to stand by me on the days that are good.

He listens to me rant for hours over people, my days at school, or the episode of 'Grey's Anatomy' I watched that night and never once loses interest.

He picks on me about my hair, outfit, shoes, and everything else after spending hours to get ready only to end by telling me, “You look good." And I know he means it.

He holds the door for me, carries my bags for me, and always buys my food. He goes out of his way to make me smile when he sees that I'm upset. He calls me randomly during the day to see how I'm doing and how my day is going and drops everything to answer the phone when I call.

When it comes to other people, my dad has a heart of gold. He will do anything for anyone, even his worst enemy. He will smile at strangers and compliment people he barely knows. He will strike up a conversation with anyone, even if it means going way out of his way, and he will always put himself last.

My dad also knows when to give tough love. He knows how to make me respect him without having to ask for it or enforce it. He knows how to make me want to be a better person just to make him proud. He has molded me into who I am today without ever pushing me too hard. He knew the exact times I needed to be reminded who I was.

Dad, you have my respect, trust, but most of all my heart. You have impacted my life most of all, and for that, I can never repay you. Without you, I wouldn't know what I to look for when I finally begin to search for who I want to spend the rest of my life with, but it might take some time to find someone who measures up to you.

To my future husband, I'm sorry. You have some huge shoes to fill, and most of all, I hope you can cook.

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13 Thoughts Broadcast Journalism Majors Have When Piecing Together Their First News Story

Quiet on the set.


So you've decided that you want to be a Broadcast Journalist?

Many different thoughts go through you're while trying to first off figure out what story you want to pursue. After that, it's just a matter of getting everything that is needed for it and then putting it together.

For all clarity and purposes, I have already turned in my first news story, however as I was completing it, some (if not all) of these thoughts (or a variation of them) came across my mind at some point during the process.

1. Ok, so what are the important parts to my story?


And how do I convey those things to my viewers?

2. What b-roll should I get?

B-roll is supplemental or alternative footage intercut with the main shot.

3. Do I have all the interviews I need?


Who are the essential figures in this story?

4. What's my angle? How do I stick to it?

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Who do I need to interview for it?

5. What questions should I ask in my interview?


And more importantly, What type of questions will get me the answers I want?

6. What are the important facts?


Should they all be included?

7. Do my voice overs cover everything that my interviews don't?


What else is needed for this story?

8. Agh, my video is over the 1 minute and 30 seconds allowed time.


Do I reduce it or do I leave it as is? I guess it depends on how much its over.

9. How should I say my tageline at the end of the video?

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The tagline is when the reporter says their name and their station affiliation at the end of their story.

10. Should I include a standup? Where should it be?


What do I want to say?

11. Should I include a graphic?

news graphics

Is there something that can be said in a list form that the viewers need to see? Is it symptoms of a disease? Event details?

12. How do I make my interviews connect with my voice overs?


Does what I am saying make sense?

13. What does my script need to look like?


Should I add a NAT pop here? What SOT (Sound on Tape) do I want to use?

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