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Note: fear no dance clips or dance talk! I will only talk about the weird things you start to do when you are a dancer. Because it affects your life in the weirdest way… I have been dancing for twelve years now, and let’s take a look at the weird habits I’ve got now thanks to that.

1. Looking at feet and legs and having full conversations about them

Nice feet and legs are important in dance. Archy feet are admired. So you can easily spot dancers: when you hear someone having an entire conversations on feet, it’s prettyy safe to say you found him. Plus: as a dancer you tend to look at legs and feet, whether they belong to a boy or girl, and judge them by how they’d work out in dance.

2. Random arm movements

My arms are my weak spot in dance, so I tend to train movements when I’m not using them. Mostly when I’m studying or moving from spot A to spot B. My family is used to that by now, but I sometimes forget that I shouldn’t do that when there are other people around…

3. Moving from spot A to B by pirouettes

Or arabesques. Or piqués. Or whatever. It’s very hard not to throw in some moves when you get the chance. Though just like the arm movements, you should watch out where you’re doing that…

4. “I can’t have short hair, how am I supposed to tie it up in a bun then!?”

Look. This is a nice leg and a good foot. Not hyperflexible, but with a nice line. From Pointe Magazine I believe. Ekaterina Kondaurova.

5. Appreciating the smell of hairspray

It’s the smell of performances, so it’s a good smell, because performing is fun. I really like the scent, though I’m probably one of the few people in this world…

6. Turning out your legs when waiting in line

Why not train your turn out when you get the chance, right? Turnout is not as easy as it looks. So when you’re waiting in line, it’s the perfect setting to train it. Unless you don’t like to get weird looks, that is.

7. Having an extended knowlegde of classical music and French

It’s not unusual to like classical music, but as a classical dancer, chances are high that you know more about it than your neighbour, to name someone. You hear it so often, dance to it, see performances with it, it’s just a common thing. Right?
Everything in ballet has a French name, so wherever you live, you will know a bit of French.

8. Judging music on it’s ‘danceability’

I tend to like music when I can dance to it. I know I like music a whole lot when I really, really, want to dance to it. That’s why dubstep is a no-go for me. You can only dance it to it when you’re high or drunk, which I am not. So what’s the fuss about then? I also see movements in my head when hearing music. Thinking about dancers can keep me busy until I fall alseep. Making up random choreographies to the music playing in my head. It’s very calming.

They should put a warning on dance. ‘Affects your life in a serious way!’

So what are your hobbies and what weird habits have you got because of them?

Inspiration came when discussing feet over here.

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In times or tiredness: music

It’s been a while since I posted, but you all know I’m really busy now. Next to that I completely lack inspiration. I’m so tired. I can feel it pulling me down, literally. Gravity seems to have hands who grab onto my clothes and slowly pull me down. Though I’m always tired, I don’t sleep very well. Apparently, my favourite hour to really wake up mentally, is 22h. Or later. Rarely any earlier than 21h.

Life can be hard.

I also seem to have forgotten how to talk to people. What do you say? How do you smile? I used to know this, how could I forget? I am becoming a loner who doesn’t want to speak to people. Communication? Why should I?

I guess I just need a lot rest and stuff. Meanwhile I offer you a cool video – classical music is nice to listen to while studying, so I found this video in which every instrument has its own colour and ‘little block’. Like that you get more aware of what is exactly happening. And that’s nice. But if you don’t want to watch, it’s also just a nice piece.

Life Choice # 2 : Mozart or Skrillex?

Because when having to decide upon something, you might want to hear some opinions.

You might have seen it already, but on YouTube there’s this channel doing all sorts of epic rap battles. They’re truly epic – all kinds of people are brought up and the lyrics are hilarious. I stumbled upon this one: the clash between Mozart and Skrillex. So the question is: who came up with the best lyrics?
Besides that, who came up with the best music? Personally I must admit Skrillex can be acceptable at certain kinds of parties, but I’d never listen to it voluntarily. Mozart though was a true genius, and his music is still great even now. You might have noticed already I kind of like classical music every now and then… Isn’t that special? The way it still survives? I believe so.

So I’d pick Mozart. Certainly when watching that last move he does in this video.

Who do you choose?