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15 Words And Phrases That Mean Something Totally Different To Dancers

We really do have a language of our own.

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3. "Split"

Everyone else: Referring to a recent celebrity breakup, or a delicious ice cream dessert.

You: Straight up stretching muscles and sitting in your splits so you can have amazing leaps.

4. "Bar / Barre"

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Everyone else: A place to grab a drink with friends.

You: Your spot to warm-up, and the foundation for everything you accomplish in ballet class.

6. "Core"

Columbia Pictures

Everyone else: Core of the earth? An apple?

You: Something to hold tight while turning, leaping, pointing your toes, looking graceful, AND smiling. All at the same time.

7. "Spot"


Everyone else: Thinks about helping their friend at the gym, or looks for a stain, or maybe a cute puppy.

You: Know that using your spot is key for your standing ovation-quality turns.


8. "Window"

Disney / Pixar

Everyone else: A glass wall you use to look outside when they are inside their home or a building.

You: Use windows to make formations look flawless on stage.

11. "Cleaning"


Your mom: *Jumps up and down because she thinks she’ll get to see the floor in your bedroom.*

You: Break the bad news to her that you’re “cleaning” your group dances at rehearsal tonight.

13. "Turn Out"

Everyone else: “We had a great turn out at the party! There were a ton of guests!”

You: “Turn-out is a rotation of the leg which comes from the hips, causing the knee and foot to turn outward, away from the center of the body.” Duh.

14. "One More Time"


Everyone else: It literally means means one.more.time… or singing along to Britney’s debut hit single.

You: In dance world, “one more time” means at least ten more times. Minimum.

15. "Saturday"

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Everyone else: Relaxation, sleeping in and a break from the monotonous weekly routine.

You: Performances, extra rehearsals, competitions, conventions and the exact opposite of resting. See: "Myth."

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