How to Identify a Dancer in the Crowd at First Glance?

By Vintagemode - December 25, 2019


To identify a dancer, they will not need to walk with a bun and part of their dance uniform wherever they go. The body of the dancer itself is very particular and easy to recognize even for non-expert eyes: the way they walk, the position of their back and neck, and the way to perform everyday movements. Bellow, we will talk about the main, mundane aspects of a dancer:

1. The way of walking:Walking with a totally straight back, a perfect posture with a chin high up, as if the body was being suspended by threads that give such ease and fluidity of movement is definitely not a "natural" trait that the majority of the population has, even more if it's about walking on the street. This is how a dancer walks. The hard work they do to master their center of gravity makes them light and stable, so their walk has a unique grace and elegance. Even if you look at the dancer's feet while walking, you will notice that the position of their feet is also different.

(Misty Copeland in the streets)
2. Classiness:Dancers are taught from an early age to respect their teachers, classmates and even the musicians who accompany the classes. In addition, they are taught to think about themselves; in the way they behave with others, so that they learn to portray themselves in a classy and elegant manner (think of Elizabeth Taylor or Audrey Hepburn’s elegance). They will most likely treat you with kindness and respect. 

3. Their (visible) confidence:Ballet teaches you to be confident, and confidence shows trough body language. It’s not only about developing the typical ballet body shape, with long muscles and chiseled legs, or looking good in leotards and tutus. Imagine having to learn to move all parts of your body synchronously, while maintaining a perfect posture and developing elaborate and complicated steps. Imagine the number of times you have to repeat them, and the willingness to keep trying until it works out. You need to have a lot of faith in yourself to want to continue even after having failed many times (and having had some scolding in between). This is why ballet dancers develop self-confidence. They are not afraid of failing and they certainly don’t care if people thinks of them as silly.


4. A different way of doing mundane things:Ballet dancing comes with some “peculiarities” that become a common thing for most ballerinas, such as:
· Doing a half split when bending over to pick something, or picking things up from the ground by bending only at the waist, without bending the knees or swaying the hips backwards.
· Standing up with a slight turnout.
· Standing up and stretching if they have been sitting for too long.
· Doing pliés and splits to test the fitting of pants.
· Using any element of their environment to stretch (for example, a stair step to stretch their calves).

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