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Am I Barista, or am I Dancer?

By Hannah Alyea

A grande triple nonfat no foam extra hot mocha, with extra whipped cream. "Ah! I've missed the whipped cream." I say as I double back by doing an open reverse in tango, because turning around to grab the whipped cream like a normal human being is far too easy. Hi, my name is Hannah and I am a barista at Starbucks. I'm also a competitive ballroom dancer. Here at Starbucks I sometimes like to mix the two together. Do I get funny looks from my coworkers? Yes. Do I also get funny stares from customers? Yes. Would I have it any other way? No. Everyone says practice makes perfect, so there's always a chance to sneak in a little more practice time, even if I happen to be making a latte at the same time.