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Why dance is a sport

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Started: 11/9/2013 Category: Sports
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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ilovedance5678

Pro

Dance IS a sport because,

1. Dancers must be fit and have amazing core strength.

2. Dancing is hard work because you need to to learn French and hundreds of difficult moves.

3. Most dancers train year(s) for a couple of minutes on stage

4. So you think its easy?! Try to look graceful and not in pain in shoes that have wooden blocks at the tips. (We also bleed sometimes from them)


Final reason.

5. We bleed,cry,sweat,and sacrifice so many things just so we can do what we love. Dancing.











So you still think dance isn't a sport?

MetaWarlord135

Con

The official definition of 'sport' is 'an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment'. Dancing is not competitive, ergo it is not a sport. Also, you say that dancers put a lot of effort into what they do and they are put through a lot of pain, so dancing is a sport. Does that make politics, collecting (stamps, coins etc.), architecture and torture sports?

I understand that dancers do put themselves through a lot to achieve what they do, but it does not need to be a sport to deserve recognition as a physical challenge.
Debate Round No. 1
ilovedance5678

Pro

Well, You do know that there is competitive dancing right? Most dancers go perform at competitions to compete against other dancers; Most people like to come to the competitions for entertainment, like other sports. Also if you look at my second picture from the first debate, how many people how do you know that play sports who look like that (very muscular) during a jump yet still have enough control to make the jump graceful? One more thing, you should know that rhythmic gymnastics which is an Olympic sport contain moves from dance. they use the same positions from dance to do things. And rhythmic gymnasts do ballet for control and to get extreme flexibility.






MetaWarlord135

Con

Dancing may be somewhat competitive, but it is not directly competitive (they do not actually dance against each other) like other sports and while dancing is in the Olympics, so are archery and shooting. Are those sports? If you said no, then your 'proof' means nothing. Also, the ability of the people doing it does not change whether it is a sport or not, so stop using those meaningless arguments. As I said before, not everything that is difficult is a sport.
Debate Round No. 2
ilovedance5678

Pro

Dance is a competitive sport. It has a set of rules. You can compete in a large group, as a soloist or in a duet or trio as well. Dancing requires strength, endurance, agility, dedication, skill, co-ordination and your body must be in top condition. You could hurt yourself in dancing just as easily as you can clap your hands together, yet most people do not recognize it as a sport.

According to The Farlex Dictionary the word sport is defined as: Physical activity that is governed by a set of rules or customs and often engaged in competitively. Dancers compete against other dancers and routines must comply with a set of rules. Dance moves must be done in a certain way. You must land them in a certain way. You have to have a certain number of balances, turns and flexibility moves in each level. These are the rules of dance. Artistry is judged separately from these moves. Athletes are people who participate in competitive sports. The Merriam Webster Dictionary defines the word athlete as a person who is trained or skilled in exercises, sports or games requiring physical strength, agility or stamina. According to this definition, a dancer is an athlete. Warm up exercises are a necessity so that a dancer will not pull muscles. To jump high off the ground you need agility and strength.

MetaWarlord135

Con

You have used some good sources for your information this time. However, as I said before, dancing is not competitive enough to be a sport. A single dancer of group of dancers are not directly in competition against another. They are competing for as many points as possible separately. Take Strictly Come Dancing for example (and yes, it does count as dancing). Each couple are trying to get as many points as possible. There is no direct competition here. Also, you have failed to prove why, according to your first 'definition' of dancing (see round 1), politics, torture, collecting or architecture are not sports.

Also, you have repeated the same argument yet again (dancers need strength, stamina etc.). It is perfectly okay to consider dancing a physical challenge. I agree with that. However, that does not make dancing a sport. Vote Con as I have managed to disprove every point so far that Pro has made, yet they haven't done the same.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by MetaWarlord135 3 years ago
MetaWarlord135
This seems like an interesting debate. This subjects seems to be overlooked in terms of debates, so I hope this debate turns out well. Good luck.
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