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TheAnonymousOyster
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Argaios
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Dance Is Not a Sport

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TheAnonymousOyster
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 2/14/2015 Category: Arts
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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TheAnonymousOyster

Pro

Before I begin I would like to say that I myself am an avid ballet dancer.

I value dance too highly to call it a sport.

Jake Vander Ark says the following about the difference between dance and sports:

"In sports, the objective is to win... tossing a toy back and forth to accomplish mindless objectives. ... In sports, winning is the endgame. players win so they can win so men can buy beer and congratulate each other for sitting in front of a TV, cheering on athletes... who provide meaningless entertainment that artificially heightens emotion. I can't think of anything lower. And dance is anything but low."

Calling dance something other than a sport does not degrade its difficulty or its value, it actually heightens it.
Argaios

Con

Seria leviano dizer que a dan"a n"o " um esporte, pelo fato de que a dan"a trabalha diversos aspectos que se trabalha no esporte, tais como o lado emocional , o lado f"sico, entre outros. A diferen"a que talvez possa distinguir de maneira significativa uma da outra seria os fins que cada qual toma para si.
Debate Round No. 1
TheAnonymousOyster

Pro

While I do agree that there are emotionally and physically demanding aspects to both dance and sports, there are too many differences between them to call dance a sport itself. For example, the "judgements" in dance are subjective, and up to each individual to decide. There is basic technique, but there is also room for artistic interpretation. The main difference however, is the storytelling aspect of dance. Dance exists to tell a story through movement and music. That is something sports simply do not do.

Yes, they are both physically demanding, but dance requires an acting ability and a storytelling aspect that is simply not present in sports.
Argaios

Con

Seria leviano dizer que a dan"a n"o " um esporte, pelo fato de que a dan"a trabalha diversos aspectos que se trabalha no esporte, tais como o lado emocional , o lado f"sico, entre outros. A diferen"a que talvez possa distinguir de maneira significativa uma da outra seria os fins que cada qual toma para si.
Debate Round No. 2
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Vote Placed by EndarkenedRationalist 2 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Seeing as how CON repeated his exact same case in each round, we can safely say PRO adequately defended her side of the debate. PRO essentially argues that dance is too "high" to be a sport and the objective isn't to win. Dancing also leaves room for interpretation rather than adhering to a set of rules. PRO thus sets up a few contentions with CON fails to negate, meaning PRO wins.