1. Watching your teacher go from insanely strict to unexplainably sweet on recital day. instagram.com 2. Feeling like your hair might actually fall out on recital day from all the brushing, hairspray, and bobby pins. instagram.com 3. The phrase "Let's go across the floor" filling with utter terror. youtube.com 4. Cutting a hole in the bottom of your tights to make DIY convertibles. instagram.com 5. Counting out everything. E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G. instagram.com 6. When you went to a junior recital: instagram.com 7. Bruises being totally NBD after awhile. instagram.com 8. Practicing your arabesques literally everywhere you could. instagram.com 9. And working on your tap dance steps in public with absolutely no shame. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Comedy Central / Via giphy.com Grocery stores, under the desk at school, the bus... hope you wanna see some Maxie Fords! 10. Doing the original trendy barre workout: pliés. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF weheartit.com 11. Developing a tolerance to L'Oreal Elnett over the years. quickmeme.com 12. Wearing what felt like a three-inch-thick layer of makeup for recitals. Twitter: @omgtheatreprobz 13. Watching Center Stage over and over and over and over. Columbia Pictures 14. Glitter. So much glitter. Glitter everything. ebay.co.uk 15. Your parents' house being PACKED FULL of photos like this. Jess Misener / BuzzFeed You could never pose enough. Never! 16. Pleading with your parents for new shoes because you wore through them in a month. instagram.com 17. And knowing they'd probably say no, because everything dance-related was $$$$. instagram.com 18. Going to one of these stores was easily the highlight of your day. yelp.com 19. Because seeing a leotard color you didn't own meant you HAD to have it. yelp.com 20. You basically became a hairstylist, because you were a master of putting your hair in buns, ponytails, and braids of all kinds. instagram.com 21. And finding these all over your room and in places you didn't even realize you'd put them. instagram.com 22. Getting new costumes and putting them in a very special place in your closet, because each one was a precious jewel. instagram.com 23. But on recital day, all of the costumes ended up in one giant pile backstage and you had to rummage through them to find yours. instagram.com 24. Creating a shrine to any and all awards you got. instagram.com 25. When you failed as a group it actually felt like everything was going to be OK. instagram.com 26. But when you were the only one who couldn't remember a routine, you kinda wanted to die a little. instagram.com 27. Having a slumber party with your dance friends was a little different, because you spent most of the night making up new routines. instagram.com 28. How months and months and MONTHS of work all came down to three minutes on stage. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF youtube.com 29. And that sad feeling in your stomach when you realized you'd never do your routine again. realitytvgifs.tumblr.com 30. But how much you truly loved the way dancing made you feel, and how that feeling made you want to never stop. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF matureandresponsibleadult.tumblr.com Once a dancer, always a dancer.