"I’m a dancer."
"Let’s see a dance move."
"Not right now."
"You’re not a dancer."
the one thing that has stuck with me every day since my English teacher told me it in middle school is:
"When referring to someone, always say who they are before anything else about them, because being a person always comes first"
Instead of saying “the mentally ill man,” say “the man with a mental illness”
Putting someone’s characteristics (especially negative ones) before them is dehumanizing and rude. Don’t do it.
: a person who is shy or unpopular and who stands or sits apart from other people at a dance or party
Ivan Nagy & Gelsey Kirkland in Antony Tudor’s Leaves are Fading (1976 ABT performance)