Apart from all of our crazy dance lingo (lots of French terminology in ballet, “boom-cack” sounds in hip-hop, and “diggy-diggy-dum” rhythm sayings in tap), dancers seem to truly speak a language all our own. Here’s a fun list of phrases that only dancers will truly understand:
5, 6, 7, 8. Dancers count in eights to match our movement with the music. Music is usually in 4/4 time with a primary measure followed by a secondary measure (which equals 8).
Point your biscuits. Nope, not the kind you eat with jam! Make sure to point your feet or you might end up with what looks like a hunk of bread at the end of your leg rather than a beautifully arched foot.
Break-a-leg. This saying is pretty well-known—Before a performance, it’s bad luck to wish another dancer “good luck.” Instead, you should say “break-a-leg” or even “merde” (which is more common in theatre) as a phrase of encouragement.
Kick your face. This doesn’t mean to give yourself a broken nose, but rather that you have permission to whack your leg as high as you can!
(to your pedicurist) …I’m a dancer. We know our feet are banged up with blisters, bunions, corns, and bruised toenails. Please paint our toenails a bright color that will distract from our feet themselves. Oh, and don’t shave our calluses—We’ve worked hard for those!
(when your teacher says) One more time. They never mean one more time. Perhaps 6-8 more times, if you’re lucky!
I can’t, I have dance. Whether a class, rehearsal, or a competition over the weekend, you’ve had to sacrifice quite a few social events for this art form that you love. But you wouldn’t have it any other way!
What other phrases or inside jokes do you have with your dance friends? Share them with us in the comments section below!