Silly things non-dancers say

Hedwaite

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Interesting observation from someone: "Do you guys do EVERYTHING in sync?"

Dancing makes the tiniest, stupidest things easier to do: Finding that sweet spot of balance under some leftovers so you can just fork it all into a to-go box in one swoop, navigating mall foot-traffic without having to jerk to a halt, stumble, or grapevine out of someone's way (contra-body/chasses), weight-changes and settling while standing in line or browsing stuff at the store, etc. I didn't realize how much of this stuff dance nerds do that other people can notice. I'm just glad this happened when I was an adult- if I'd done this crap in grade school (where I thought I was a pony until I was seven?), I'd have been alllll kinds of mocked- understandably, if not justifiably- so.
 

IndyLady

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Interesting observation from someone: "Do you guys do EVERYTHING in sync?"

Dancing makes the tiniest, stupidest things easier to do: Finding that sweet spot of balance under some leftovers so you can just fork it all into a to-go box in one swoop, navigating mall foot-traffic without having to jerk to a halt, stumble, or grapevine out of someone's way (contra-body/chasses), weight-changes and settling while standing in line or browsing stuff at the store, etc. I didn't realize how much of this stuff dance nerds do that other people can notice. I'm just glad this happened when I was an adult- if I'd done this crap in grade school (where I thought I was a pony until I was seven?), I'd have been alllll kinds of mocked- understandably, if not justifiably- so.
So true. Thanks to dance, I've developed a sixth sense for when there's about to be a collision and can either avoid it or make sure I'm not the one who comes out of it all shaken up.
 

FancyFeet

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No new non-dancer ones, but have been getting a few gems from newer dancers lately:

Them (interrupting my practice where I have headphones in): Can you just quickly show us that one step from our group class that just finished that we can't remember?
Me (sighing inwardly), gives super quick demo.
Them: Could you go slower? And explain?
Me: Your class instructor is sitting over there answering questions - why don't you go ask her?
Them: But you're so good!
Me: I really have my own stuff to work on that I need to get back to (Puts headphones back in and feels like a total b*tch.)

Bronze-ish dancer, watching me practice: You're so good! I wish I could dance like you.
Me: It really just takes hard work. Take class/lessons, and practice in between.
Them: But I always forget things! Can you help me?
Me: Try taping your routines. Or writing them down. Or just working on basics at practice.
Them: Oh, no, I can't do that. Can you help me practice? Like, watch me and tell me what to do?
Me (in my head): Like, as-in, give up hours of my time to give you free lessons?
Me (out loud): I'm sorry, I really can't.

Person who's been dancing longer than I have and is always at parties and group classes, takes the odd private: You know, it really wasn't cool that you danced your routine with your pro at the party this past weekend.
Me: Huh?
Them: Your tango. It took up lots of space and made people (which I interpreted to mean them) feel bad.
Me: That wasn't a routine. We were just doing lead-follow. Mostly basics.
Them: Well, it looked like a routine. Maybe you shouldn't dance together at parties.
Me: What? We danced twice, in 3 hours. I'm a guest, just like you are... why shouldn't I dance with pro?
Them: It looks like you're showing off.
Me, who dislikes the parties and only goes to show support for the studio: (walks away)
 

IndyLady

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Reminds me of a thing I saw on FB - "I used to be a people person but people ruined it for me."

Omg though FF, I'm incredulous. I confess that I am not a huge fan of people practicing routines during socials if it interferes with other dancers (e.g. buzzing, colliding, cutting off, space hogging, etc), but it doesn't sound like that's what was happening at all. And if for some reason I did feel compelled to say something, which I never have, I would probably say it to the pro not the student. Wow. Just wow.
 

MaggieMoves

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Person who's been dancing longer than I have and is always at parties and group classes, takes the odd private: You know, it really wasn't cool that you danced your routine with your pro at the party this past weekend.
Me: Huh?
Them: Your tango. It took up lots of space and made people (which I interpreted to mean them) feel bad.
Me: That wasn't a routine. We were just doing lead-follow. Mostly basics.
Them: Well, it looked like a routine. Maybe you shouldn't dance together at parties.
Me: What? We danced twice, in 3 hours. I'm a guest, just like you are... why shouldn't I dance with pro?
Them: It looks like you're showing off.
Me, who dislikes the parties and only goes to show support for the studio: (walks away)
I've had this happen before as well with a cha cha not very long ago, and he wasn't even my pro... just a guy I practice with somewhat often. Perhaps we were showing off a bit, but that's beside the point. It's also a reason I dislike a lot of social events. There's way too much catiness.
 

FancyFeet

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I'm serious about the basics too... think walks, progressive links, reverse turn, closed promenades, twist turn... there may have been a Spanish drag and a chase in there somewhere too, but that's about the only things that were above bronze. And I'm not the one choosing the figures, I'm the follow!

I felt bad after his comment, and have been mulling it over for days. I had fun during that dance, and really enjoyed just fooling around for 2 minutes... I hate that I'm letting some reverse dance snobbery get in my head and ruin the little bit of fun that I managed to have at that party.
 

RiseNFall

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I'm serious about the basics too... think walks, progressive links, reverse turn, closed promenades, twist turn... there may have been a Spanish drag and a chase in there somewhere too, but that's about the only things that were above bronze. And I'm not the one choosing the figures, I'm the follow!

I felt bad after his comment, and have been mulling it over for days. I had fun during that dance, and really enjoyed just fooling around for 2 minutes... I hate that I'm letting some reverse dance snobbery get in my head and ruin the little bit of fun that I managed to have at that party.
This is truly mind-boggling. At the studio that I go to, it is clear who the best amateur dancer is who also comes to parties. Sometimes when she dances with a pro (hers or another one), they are low key, but sometimes they go to town. Everybody LOVES IT when she does--I say "she", but it's obviously the decision of the leader, not her.
 

Phil Owl

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It's always nice finding people like this on a dance floor at a wedding. You just always seem to "know." At my brother's wedding there was this random guy there that knew how to swing really well.
Will never forget a wedding I was a groomsman in circa 2003. I kid you not I was the ONLY person in that wedding party that actually knew how to dance with a partner, I was floored, and not in a good way.
 

FancyFeet

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"You're a natural."

I mean, I get that this is intended to be a compliment, but no, I'm not a natural. I may have some natural talent, but I work my *ss off to be able to dance like that, spending huge amounts of time, money and energy going over and over and over the tiniest of movements to be able to replicate them perfectly without fail in stressful situations. I think what you meant to say was "you made that look so natural and easy".

(I just said "thank you".)
 

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