Silly things non-dancers say

twnkltoz

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#21
I have four cats (well, if you add the two black and white ones together they still don't weigh as much as the big fat fluffy one, so size-wise it's more like three), two dogs, and a horse. Yet I dance. If anything the cats are the easiest--if I go to a comp, I put out food and water and they have a litter box. The dogs are tricky time-wise, but besides vet bills once a year what is THAT expensive? (The horse is potentially another story, but I don't show, he gets trimmed but not shod, he only sees the vet for his shots so far *knock on wood*, I don't have a trainer, and I board so I don't have to manage daily care. Well, okay, I board because I only have half an acre and it's against township regs to keep a horse on it, so even though the neighbor on one side wouldn't report me, I don't do it.)



Yep, horses are totally like motorcycles, turn them on and they go. Requires no muscle, balance, or effort on my part. (I wish. I've got a retired racehorse who really grasps the 'retired' part and thinks it should apply to all aspects of his life.)

It's funny, I have two sports that people are convinced are so difficult and esoteric people are convinced there's some special knowledge you're born with or you can't do them (dance and skating, where I need TONS of help) and one where people think you just hop up and go (riding, where more than any other activity I do, people who've been at it for years will feel uneasy calling themselves 'intermediate', let alone 'advanced.')
A few weeks ago, I posted something on facebook about owning horses or equestrianism or something, and a friend of mine commented, "Being a kitty mommy is a full time job, too!" I had to walk away from the computer. ***, really? You want to compare owning cats to owning horses? I think not. Having had both all my life, I can say with authority they are not even close on the commitment scale.
 

fascination

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Staff member
#22
Gosh, I get that CONSTANTLY. It's gotten to be kind of irritating, actually - especially when the same people continue to ask it OVER and OVER.
honestly...if it wasn't for the reputation of my pro and my husband, because some people are just stupid enough to miss the sarcasm, I'd be tempted to pop off about it with some sort of explicit innuendo....but, like I said....:rolleyes:
 

danceronice

Well-Known Member
#23
honestly...if it wasn't for the reputation of my pro and my husband, because some people are just stupid enough to miss the sarcasm, I'd be tempted to pop off about it with some sort of explicit innuendo....but, like I said....:rolleyes:
I have a song I like that I think would make a fun "funny" showcase--"England 2 Columbia Nil". It's playful, it's cheeky, it would work great with a partner who is willing to goof around. Great! And I thought about suggesting it--until I realized the 'punchline' of the song is that the date the singer is complaining about, who lied to her and implied he was single, "forgot he has three children and forgot he has a wife."

Yeah, guess how many kids NP and his wife have?

And while no one on EARTH who knows him would think a showcase with that song was anything but funny, still...people make enough stupid assumptions about dance teachers.
 
#29
'The guy who can dance gets the girl'.
Biggest fairy tale on the planet.
Not sure who came up with that crap, either people who haven't a clue or dance studios in an effort to drum up business.
 

Lioness

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#32
My number 1 comment is the old "Doesn't your BF mind?"

He doesn't mind, lol, but he thinks that it's weird I'm still dancing with my ex...
 

snapdancer

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#34
A few years back, a dance instructor was featured in a newspaper article for his teaching ballroom dancing to grade school children.

I showed the article to my father, who responded that he didn't think it was a good idea. It was making the children grow up too fast.

Huh?? What's wrong about giving children a structured way to interact with the opposite gender.
 

Aura

Active Member
#35
"Well, I can guarantee you that [insert sport here] is more athletic than dancing." :roll:

This came from a young man who was quite proud of the fact that he was an excellent soccer player and runner, but had never taken any formal dance classes.
 

debmc

Well-Known Member
#39
I get the "you should be on DWTS" comment too... and they don't seem to understand why that statement is ridiculous.

When I try to explain pro am dancing, I also have heard "oh, so your teacher does all the work, you just have to follow him?", or "so your teacher makes you look good?"

I have also heard "why do you need special costumes, shoes, etc to dance?"... this coming from people who totally get why male athletes i.e. basketball, football players need to wear what they wear.
 

Joe

Well-Known Member
#40
"Well, I can guarantee you that [insert sport here] is more athletic than dancing." :roll:

This came from a young man who was quite proud of the fact that he was an excellent soccer player and runner, but had never taken any formal dance classes.
Well, IMO soccer is way more athletic than ballroom.
 

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