Dance withdrawal. A sad period during which your body and soul react to the lack of dancing in your life after years of classes, sore muscles, soul feeding, and other dance-related awesomeness.
So what does dance withdrawal look like?
Fitness gone downhill
As a dancer, you were able to glide and jump and move for hours at a time, and it felt invigorating rather than draining. Now, all it takes is one length of dance down the room and a failed jeter for you to realize it’s been a loooooong time.
Every single piece of music you hear has something to do with your past dance experiences. “This was my ballet solo song!” “The company would warm up to this before our show!” “Hey, where did the edit go? This song is way too long!”
It’s cute on Instagram, but in reality, the grocery store is an awkward place to break out into fouette turns. So are escalators, airports, restaurants, etc…
This subtitle sounds gross, but I couldn’t think of a better way to say it. Your soul is itching to dance and it’s just not happening!!! While dance used to feed your soul, now it’s just a memory that makes you feel hungry.
“Yeah, I have my splits!” rrrrrrriiipp! Yeah, you had your splits, and then you stopped dancing and stretching every day, and now your life is sad because what is life if it isn’t contorting your body like a circus performer?
You go to watch the ballet and you see those amazing dancers onstage and think, “I could have been her, if only I’d stuck with dancing.” You’ve conveniently forgotten about how often you wished you could light your pointe shoes on fire, never mind wearing them for hours EVERY SINGLE DAY.
So how do you cope with dance withdrawal?
Go to the aforementioned ballets and dance shows and feel extremely jealous of the dancers. Take an adult dance class and die from ripped muscles and fatigue. Follow famous dancers on Instagram. Become a dance teacher!
What are ways you avoid or wish you could do to avoid dance withdrawal?