You’ve seen our STEEZY Original on the “10 Types Of Dancers We All Know”….
But of course, there’s so much more to these 10 dancers than a short video can portray.
So here is a list of those 10 dancers, PLUS a few additional characters that we weren’t able to include in the video.
I bet you can name a specific dancer as you go through these 17 types of dancers!
Type Of Dancer You Know, #1: The Salty OG
“This team… the community… isn’t what it used to be.”
I know, I know, we’re a generation of fame-seeking, self-promoting, dues-unpaying, ignorant wannabes!
This dancer, usually in their mid-to-late twenties or early thirties, remains chronically nostalgic for “them pre-YouTube days” and isn’t shy about preaching their old-school wisdom to the newer dancers.
They are openly critical of everything from current fashion trends to the dance styles that stray horrendously from fundamentals.
Roots are, unquestionably, important. But so is acknowledging that the community is always evolving, and its direction may not always be to everyone’s liking.
Share what you value and embrace new ways to grow!
DANCE SLUT #1L The one who has, over the course of their dance career, tried out for / made several different teams, committing to them for different lengths of time. But they ultimately did not form a strong enough association with a single one.
I understand, girl.
We just want to find “THE ONE,” but maybe that’s scary? Maybe it just hasn’t happened yet??
MAYBE YOU JUST WANNA HAVE SOME FUN I MEAN C’MON WE’RE STILL YOUNG RIGHT???
Well, you’ll eventually have to stop swiping left on every team.
Being a swinger may allow you to experience different tastes, but this community isn’t a buffet you can pick and choose from whenever convenient. Take your time, but don’t take anyone else’s.
DANCE SLUT #2: The one who juggles multiple teams and projects at once, for this comp / show / event / video.
“So I’m on ___.. But I’m performing with ___ for ____… And I also direct ___ on the side. While commuting to LA and San Diego for ___ and ___!”
Whoa there, Ambitious Amber.
I have so many questions for these “slutty” dancers who manage to be simultaneously affiliated with an excess of teams, such as:
“Do you sleep?” “How does your brain store all that choreo?” “Do you drive a Prius?” and, “Where do you even live?”
Mad props to these people – if they can do it well.
But fact is, we only have one body, so I’m sure there come times when you’re forced to prioritize- which leads to one thing becoming your Main Chick and the other(s) your Side Chick(s).
Honestly, being on a team is like being in a relationship. If your attention is scattered between a number of people, can you be confident that you’re offering 100% to all of them?
Recycling the buffet-goer metaphor: This is the person that gets way too much on their plate and either struggles to, or ends up not being able to, eat everything.
Food is yummy! Dancing is fun! It’s good to savor. Be careful not to be greedy to the point where your passion becomes grueling.
* This type II Dance Slut is NOT a professional / industry dancer. If that is your job, of course it isn’t slutty. It’s awesome. DO YOU.
** A perk of being a dance slut is that you end up with 300 different shirts, hats, hoodies, old costume pieces that will identify you as a *~dancer~* See video (:28-:31) for reference.
Type Of Dancer You Know, #3:
The Thirsty One
See also: The one who wasn’t good enough at basketball in high school, and, after much contemplation over how they will be able to feed their pubescent hormonal appetite aka GeT dA Lad1ez, coincidentally strolled by a cypher in the quad. Upon witnessing how females go crazy over sh*t like body rolls and choreo to Chris Brown, dove into:All-Male, a junior team, or sessions in their garage- and the rest was history.
The one who uses their dancer-ness as a male peacock uses its feathers.
The one who ranks teams based on the hotness of their girls.
The one who salivates at any remotely-cute “newbie” and proceeds to give them personal kudos for even the most mediocre performances after groups.
The one who dedicates much of their time housekeeping their various social media channels, specifically targeting an audience of boppy fangirls.. where he has AT LEAST ONCE posted some version of the age-old adage: “Dancers are better in bed.” ORLY? The Thirst. It’s him.
Type Of Dancer You Know, #4:
The Hot One… Who Can’t Dance
She’s pretty. Dresses nicely. Has shiny hair. Smooth skin. Enticing curves. Butt dimples (#TyCropTops). Nice smile. That one under-boob tattoo that sneakily/sexily peeks out from cut-out shirts.
She’s just like, super cute.
But N O N E , ABSOLUTELY NONE OF THIS can make up for her DOWNRIGHT ATROCIOUS dancing.
I mean, not to be harsh, but we are dancers. Which means eye candy is NOT limited to how someone looks – we are largely interested in how they MOVE.
This girl is always flouncing around in layers of makeup that somehow manage to keep from sliding down her face, probably cuz she’s not even sweating. The parts they “kill” in a piece are strictly limited to: bodyrolls, hair flips, p*ssy pops, and facials. Yeah, I said it. Facials.
+ 10 ButterDance points if they ever used a Rihanna song for choreo day. +10 more if the best part of that piece was before they started, when they just smiled nervously while fixing their hair. CUTE!
Type Of Dancer You Know, #5:
The Actually Thirsty One
Broseidon, King of the Brocean, this prayer is for the LITERAL Thirst, for he is half-man, half-elephant, yet refuses to invest in a damn Nalgene.
“Can I get a waterfall?” “Did you bring extra water?” “I’m kinda low-drated, can you get me hy-drated?”
Nevermind the fact that I had the common sense and foresight to purchase my 99 c gallon of water from Ralph’s before rehearsal. Sure, you can down all of it.
Type Of Dancer You Know, #6: The Kendominatrix
“Is this a dance competition or a Kendama convention?!”
This addicting little contraption has rapidly percolated into the dance community WHICH IS AWESOME. It’s great to have our two groups overlap and collaborate.
But at rehearsals, or even in class, there are always those pesky few Kendaminaters that refuse to let it rest.
Yes, they’re fun. Yes, your tricks are cool. Yes, I’ve seen your insta-videos. I doubled tapped. I support you. I love you.
But when we are dancing, WE ARE DANCING.
What if someone just brought their yarn and knitting needles to practice and just started making a Christmas sweater in the middle of the studio? BLASPHEMOUS, AMIRITE?
And THAT, my friends, is the point where something as harmless as a Kendama creates some Ken-drama.
A respectful Kendama-mama will wait to whip out his cups and balls (heh) ‘til the post-rehearsal loiter circles in the parking lot, or at least un-strangle his neck from it before he starts dancing.
Digression, but P.S., I’m starting a movement to bring yo-yos back. Yoyo Ma. Who’s with me.
Type Of Dancer You Know, #7:
The Yas Man
“Slay, werk, YOU BETTAAAAAAA.”
This is my favorite person ever.
It’s amazing the octaves our voices can reach when we’re saying these words, and these words only. I swear, I’ve seen windows quiver and chandeliers shake. Well, studios don’t usually have chandeliers but if they did, even Sia would run for cover at all the YASes vibrating around. I can’t hold my breath for longer than 20 seconds but I think I can hold out a “YA…..AAAAASss~” for a good minute.
There’s something a little magical about these simple (and hugely us-specific) words of affirmation- when you’re giving someone props, you can be Mariah, Ariana, freaking Jessie J. And there’s THAT DANCER who is particularly generous about making people feel good; yabsolutely, The Yas Fairy is probably one of my most favorite people on a team.
* Their YASes usually come with a frantic hand wave, or a few finger snaps with accompanying duck lips. And slow nods. Come to think of it, a YAS is so much more than a word – it’s a FULL BODY EXPERIENCE when you lose your sh*t while watching someone killin’ it. Ya~z.
What’s this dancer’s favorite game? 21 questions! Or, 93478193074 questions. Per minute. Every rehearsal. Whether these questions are because they genuinely need assistance, or if they’re a way to passive aggressively correct someone who’s being a hot mess, (“I THINK WE NEED TO REVIEW THIS PART AHEM AHEM”) they are always on TOP of the cleaning game. “Is it zyoom, or zyOoom? Is it 45 degrees, or like… 50? So the lines are supposed to be windows, but some people aren’t using their perrripheralsssss.”
Oh my goodness. I think we need dosages of this Anality, in order to look uniform on stage. That’s just called being a dancer on a team. But ANAL DANCERS need to nitpick every single little thing, even if you are just learning and hadn’t had the chance to clarify details…
+10 Anal points if they “fix” something and end up NOT EVEN DOING IT RIGHT THEMSELVES.. OR if they ask questions that could be easily answered if they’d care to ACTUALLY WATCH the choreographer when they show the class, instead of practice-marking in the corner.
Brings 4 shirts to practice. Regrets not bringing 2 more.
This guy (they’re most often guys, so I’m just gonna say “guy” for convenience) THIS GUY probably does like 6 loads of laundry every week.
He walks into a humid studio / sauna and thinks “ah sh*t.”
His grey shirts stay grey for maybe 3 seconds during stretching, quickly being blotted by dark bubbles of sweat, then reaching a dramatic ombre, then turning completely black within another 8 seconds.
By the time we get to the arm stretches, his shirt is sticking to his body like spandex (hello nipples) and he’s dabbling away with his little towel. At the end of class, he changes quickly into shirt #3, but is still hesitant to hug anyone. Loses a lot of water weight during class.
*The Sweaty One is most likely also an Actually Thirsty One as well, except HE brings his own water because I mean if you’re gonna think ahead to pack half your closet, you’re gonna think to bring some water to make up for the tsunami you’re spewing out of your geyser-pores. (Is that mean)
Type Of Dancer You Know, #10:
The Always Injured One
Dancing is physically demanding. And sometimes, damaging. I’m sure most of us have experienced injury or discomfort, however big or small.
I’ve rolled my ankle. My neck has cramped up. I’ve bruised my butt during an impromptu shablam.
But THIS DANCER… or Half Dancer, Half Team Cheerleader, is the one that’s consistently injured.
Which is most likely a completely valid reason to take a break, and by no means is anyone forcing you to push your bodies past what is healthy- but I mean, they literally do not go through a single rehearsal without some sort of complaint or need to sit out.
He/She is signed with an agency. They’re amazing dancers. Phenomenal performers. Insanely talented choreographers.
But, even if they don’t have a noticeable air of haughtiness surrounding them, the reality is that they are involved in dance outside of the team, in a way that’s probably more “serious.”
It’s not fair to measure community vs. industry, but, IMHO, if something you love to do has the potential to be financially lucrative, you will take it very seriously.
The industry star is not necessarily pretentious, but definitely more professional.
Which is a quality that we can learn from- ambition is contagious!
The downside is that they may be managing several schedules at once and are probably absent from a lot of rehearsals and team events.
Type Of Dancer You Know, #14:
The Outlier Tall Guy
Aka: Back Center Default, Designated Selfie Taker, The XL Shirt Order, Messy Arms.
If you forgot your selfie stick, it’s okay- Long-Limbed Larry to the rescue!
He’s a dancer who just happens to be really tall. There’s unfailingly one on every team. Like, always.
Type Of Dancer You Know, #15:
The Outlier Tiny Asian Girl
Again, self explanatory.
Seeing as how our community is 83% Asian (so accurate), there are a lot of literal shawties on our teams.
This girl, standing around 5 feet 0 inches, in size 3 shoes, really likes boba, and gets blocked in the front spots just based on their height.
But they’re prob really good too.
Type Of Dancer You Know, #16:
Also 2 types:
FANBOY/FANGIRL #1: FOR THE TEAM
They followed the team for years. Trained. Stalked. Finally auditioned in anxious excitement, then sh*t themselves at the sight of their name on the roster.
Much like the The Instagram/Facebook/Twitter Simp, but way more every day and physical in their actions.
They still get nervous talking to the directors that they “can’t believe I get to share the stage with!!”
They bring extra panties for choreo days. They rep their team gear nonstop and go above and beyond in the Team Model game by ordering more stuff in custom designs, out of pocket.
Okay, to be fair, I was one of these myself. So I feel ya. But I realized over the years that staying in a “Fangirl” role actually kept me from growing, because I couldn’t stop seeing myself as being a level below all the people I looked up to. I thought the things they did were out of reach, and the very act of thinking that made it true. But in reality, even if there is a range of “skill level” within a team (an arbitrary one, at that,) you are all there to grow together.
Once I kinda got over my intense fangirl habits, I was able say “Ugh, you’re so dope!” to my peers, and BELIEVE IT when someone told me the same. I will always look up to certain people, but I no longer feel like I don’t deserve to be there. We’re here to inspire each other.
FANBOY/FANGIRL #2: GENERAL FAN
Fan-age exists in everyone in different dosages; there are those who are full-blown ACs instead.
But still, I think ALL of us are fangirls & boys (obviously we’re fans of something we like… isn’t that the definition of “a fan”?) so I won’t say much.
Personally, I’m not as rampant with my video sharing and such, but I squeal & “yas” & die a little when watching and learning from my idols.
Type Of Dancer You Know, #17:
The Mean Girls
This is gonna sound mean, even to point out, so I’ll use my personal experiences to make it more acceptable:
EVERY year, I have SPEARHEADED a “mean girl” movement on any team. I don’t know what it is. I’m not sure if it’s healthy or normal. I just have this Regina George mentality, but not for popularity or acclaim!- for the simple purpose of uniting the girlies on the team. But FOR SURE, it’s not just me and my army of pretty b*tches.
Y’all probably know who I’m talking about. You’re probably picturing a specific group of girls right now. It’s sort of weird though, because this group of “mean” girls is probably comprised of like the sweetest and most down to earth girls ever. There’s just something power-evoking about having a tight-knit group like that. I love it. Yeah.
Does anyone specific come to mind when reading this list? For me, I actually found bits of myself in a number of these descriptions. If you can relate to a character, tell us why! And if I left any major typecast out, comment below and tell us what you think about that dancer. Thanks for reading, and stay tuned for our next STEEZY Original!
Is there a character we’ve left out? Leave a comment below to let us know!
How about the type that never stops wanting to train? They’re probably on STEEZY Studio 24/7 😉
This article was originally published on November 3, 2014.