Is Dance a Sport?
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I do not think dance is a sport rather an event or competition, similar to track and field where you participate in an event. I'm not saying that dance isn't physically demanding or even hard, but I am saying that it doesn't have the ability to allow you to interfere with your opponent thus you are not participating in a sport. Chris Crawford, founder of The Journal of Computer Game Design, gave us this guideline:
If the player can only outperform the opponent, but not attack them to interfere with their performance, the conflict is a competition.
Dance does not allow you to attack or interfere with performance thus it is not a sport.
Ref: The Art Of Computer Design [Book]
My opponent has a misunderstanding about what Practice is, she seems to think that because her and her peers compete against one another outside of competitions that she is thus in a sport, She is instead practicing Miriam Webster Dictionary states practice is "repeated exercise in or performance of an activity or skill so as to acquire or maintain proficiency in it" to say I'm competing in practice would mean school is a sport because you receive a school rank. She still isn't showing where she can interfere with her opponent, thus she is competing in a competition not a sport. She Admits to this by saying the competition occurs outside of actual competitions and instead in practice.
What my oppenent fails to ralise is it doesnt matter what personal experience she holds it doesnt change what dance is, under her logic walking is a sport because ive done it since i was little. You fail to show how you interfered with others, and tennis you put spin on the ball to attack your opponents, however track and gymnastics are competitions also. she then procedes to say that she is competing with peers at competitions even though she said shes "not talking about dance competitions", thus contradicting herself. But this still falls under a competition. She has failed to attack my Chris Crawford card defining dance as a competition thus she agrees through omission of the argument, thus his standard for competition holds and applies.
First that is not what interfering is Meriam Webster defines Interfering as "to interpose in a way that hinders or impedes" your not impeding someone by competing with them, that makes this a competition. Secondly, you have not shown why my card is incorrect simply called it bull, thus it still stands from a credibility stand point. Third, I find your conduct unappealing that instead of participation in this debate with me that you would put out a sexist statement when people are fighting for equality. Lastly, being in the Olympics doesn't make it a sport, we see this when looking at track, where people are participating in competitions instead of sports. Thus because no points stand for my opponent, it is a competition.
This link shows everything you need to know. And dancers do not outperform each other, we use our skills against them which is what everyone does in any sport. You use your best skills against them to bring them down
Its awesome you have a citation, however it doesn't say dance is a sport in there either. I will conclude by pointing out what was presented:
Dance fulfills the requirements for a competition but not sport because there is no interference.
My cards brought up throughout this round stand without reasonable question.
Dance requires skill and dexterity, and is extremely difficult and physically demanding. It would fall under the same category as Body building, it takes hours on end and persistence.
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