I’ve developed a theory that explains some of the arrogance I’ve encountered in the dance community. I’m not going to name any names, but over the years I’ve encountered some interesting people in my dance classes who have suffered from Intermediate Dancer Syndrome (IDS).

IDS is a severe and sometimes fatal dancer character flaw. It occurs when a dancer starts to excel in a particular dance style. Often times IDS only infects the dancer on their first style of dance s/he learns. However, it can sometimes reoccur, depending upon the dancer. Symptoms may include:

  • Thinking you are better than other dancers
  • Thinking your choreography is the ish!
  • Thinking you can score any guy/girl in the dance class or company
  • Giving limited effort during classes and rehearsals
  • Not listening to the teacher/choreographer during class
  • Thinking you are the hottest man/woman to grace the face of the planet
  • Thinking other dance styles you don’t do are lesser forms of dance or really easy
  • Thinking that when you pick up a movement with all the details from the choreographer when you really just picked up the basic location and position that your body should be in
  • Feeling that you shouldn’t have to mentor or help others out
  • Sitting around during dance classes rather than doing the movement
  • Believing that one teacher is somehow better than another or deserves more respect or attention than another teacher

By no means is this an exhaustive list of the symptoms of Intermediate Dancer Syndrome. However, if you find yourself acting out any of these symptoms, do the rest of the world a favor and jump into a bigger pool than where you are at. No matter how good you think you are, there is always another dancer out there that can dancer circles around you. You just need to find that circle.

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  1. 2fun4u

    Boy have you nailed that on the head. I’ve met many people with the same syndrome.!!!!

  2. K

    oooh, so true! And really, Advanced Dancer Syndrome isn’t any prettier than IDS.

  3. shawn

    I’m a proponent of EDM, Every Dancer Matters, even those with your IDS. Inherent in every dancer with IDS is a community and individuals that does care enough to instill appropriate corrective measures — without bringing their own ego into play. Humility is the answer.




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