to move your body in a way that goes with the rhythm and style of music that is being played… Webster dictionary.
Unfortunately, that now groups the following into the same professional category: gogo boys, strippers, ballet dancers, and any schmo who prances around tells people he is a danseur. This unfortunately makes for the awkward conversation when out and about, or possibly dating and you are asked the question, “What do you do for a living?”
If you respond with dancer you might get the awkward face as a response, or a creepy face which is usually followed up with, “So you are flexible?”
Alas, we are all resulted with the term ballet dancer. Some might say your ranking, being a principal ballet dancer is kind of the equivalent of the title Dr.
Problems gets run into because the word dancer has such a vast volume that encompasses profession. So, what makes a dancer a dancer? Is it being fierce? Because right off the back, that term is used waaaaaaay to loosely, and usually refers to tricksters. Is it based on having a job? Being a stripper is a job. Artistic Merit? That is subjective, like this blog. Technical Achievement? By what standard since Sophia Luccia can do a billion pirouettes turned in and in tap shoes. Frankly, she can do almost anything barefoot as well. How would you define the profession of a dancer besides holding a contract? What makes once dancer better than another cross genre, profession, and style?