Here are the top 11 signs (in random order) that you are a dancer or have been one and some of them are specially if you have been one in India!
1. You are used to Dancing or Choreographing at EVERY wedding.
Note the emphasis on EVERY wedding – whether it is a friend’s wedding, a relative’s, a cousin’s, a cousin’s friend or a friend’s-friends’ wedding – you are going to get a call to choreograph/help/dance on their function!
2. Arabesque while you pick something from the floor
Dropped something on the floor? No problem, your leg will automatically go up in an arabesque while you reach out to pick it up! oww...sometimes it even hits a table behind you or pulls your hamstring!
3. You rehearse/imagine choreography in your head
I think this is the most common. Practice makes perfect and we can practice even in our head. Its absolutely normal to hear a song and imagine how you would choreograph it on stage with 50 other people or even just rehearse your dance in your head while you hear it!
4. You can break into a jig almost anywhere !
Hear a nice song in the mall? Of course you'll do a little dance there...Funky song on the radio? You will dance like crazy in your car (better while you are driving) - You are used to weird stares and are totally comfortable with them while you do this ;)
5. You really know what it is like to work for free or peanuts
Money? Ummm... as long as you get to dance..and spread the message of dance you are ok with anything ! We are artists, we don't work for money!
6. You know at least 2 people who made it to the reality shows
Dance India Dance, India's Got Talent, Jhalak Dikhla Ja... the list is endless, and you have known atleast 2 people who have made it like contestants or choreographers in these. They are on your Facebook, and you invariable get to know they are in even before the show goes on air!
7. At least 3 who have their own institutes
Well yes, at least 3 people you know, left the institutes they were teaching at and have now opened up their own studios to teach dance! You enjoy looking at their pictures, liking their Facebook pages and even considering joining them sometimes.
8. You have joined SDIPA or The Danceworx at least once
This cannot hold more true for any dancer in India or Delhi at the least! Terms like SPB, Probation, Company member, OYP - have more meaning to you and your life than anyone else's ;)
9. You’ve had a discussion with your family about how dance is a career option these days
This one is the toughest - ya well - dance can be a career now and it is difficult for people to understand that. You know how it felt when someone asks you what do you do at a family function and you say "Dance", it will be followed by "and what else" (while you wonder where is time for anything else - because as per people it cannot be a full time profession! Half the battle is won when you make your family understand that - of course that takes a few debates, discussions, fights, tears and arguments but you know it was worth it!
10. School n College life would be incomplete without Dance
Your school or college life would not be half as interesting or meaningful if you were not a part of each and every annual day, teachers day, assembly dances, competitions, societies etc. It made you learn more than any other subject for sure!
11. This one is my favorite - Once a dancer always a dancer - your motto in life
Danced your way through life, but had to give it up for some reason or the other? This doesn't make you feel any less of a dancer, you are still in touch with your Dance, keep yourself updated and truly believe that ONCE A DANCER, ALWAYS A DANCER!