When the question "what do you do?" comes up with people I've just met, I know it won't be long before I need to make a delicate calculation. I usually explain that I'm a dance critic, and that I used to dance professionally.
Do I tell them? Is it worth it? If I'm feeling resilient, ready for any of the reactions that might come next — laughter, surprise, feigned admiration, real admiration, an impression of Michael Flatley — I brace myself and dive in:
"I was in 'Riverdance.'"