The days after a competition weekend always feel like a strangely ritualistic twilight zone. You’re exhausted and relieved all at the same time. Your body aches, you’re ultra-sensitive and your mental state is so worn down that it’s hard to tell up from down. In times like these, every teacher recuperates in basically the same way. We break down the 10 most common things dance teachers unknowingly put on their recovery checklist before going back to teach after a long dance weekend.
If you’re a dance teacher, you’ll totally relate to some variation of this.
1. Pig out on fast food on your way home from the weekend’s final awards ceremony.
Trust us—you’ve earned this.
2. Pass out, fully clothed, for the next 12 hours.
The best sleeps are always the ones that come after a long comp weekend.
3. Wake up and ask yourself where you are. Remain confused about this detail for a good 60 seconds.
No alcohol is needed for this kind of hangover.
4. Scroll through the 2,000 social-media posts your students put up over the weekend.
At least they’re thanking you for all the hard work you put in!
5. Eat a gigantic breakfast because, once again, YOU EARNED IT!
Pancakes and eggs, thank you very much!
6. Relive the whole experience by watching the numbers that have been posted on YouTube.
Heaven knows you’ll be tempted to read every single comment and respond to the haters, while basking in the love of the fans. Don’t do it.
7. Post your favorite moments from the weekend on your own social media, thanking your staff and dancers for all their hard work.
So. Much. Love.
8. Realize you have to be at the studio tonight because the work never ends.
You love your job, but it’s exhausting, so you start to cry a little.
9. Give yourself a pat on the back for all your hard work.
Self-love is important!
10. Eat some chocolate and head out the door to teach.
There ain’t no rest for the dance teachers of the world. Don’t worry—you’re in good company. We’re all in this together!