Is dancing a sport? Well, in order to answer this question, we must first look at the definition of the word itself. Sport /spôrt/: (noun) an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others.
The dance community consists of many different factions and styles. You can dance at a club for fun, as a hobby, as a serious passion, or you can dance as a career.
What many people are uninformed about is the competitive dance world. Competitions are held throughout the country, where dance studios can come and show off their talent.
Teams practice for more than twenty hours a week at times in order to perfect and synchronize their movement.
“We condition every rehearsal, which includes a six minute plank, three hundred sit ups, fifty burpees, we run laps, and a lot more. We become complete athletes. I have practice for twenty hours a week in order to prepare for the competitions,” said SRHS Senior Lauren Allure, dancer of fourteen years.
Another important argument to address when discussing whether dance is a sport or not is the fact that the winning team is determined by a panel of judges. Some may argue that because the teams are not facing off head to head, dance is not qualified as a sport— but let’s all take a quick look at the sport of gymnastics.
No doubt gymnastics is an extremely difficult sport, which is why it is presented along with many other sports in the Olympics. The scores of the competitors are solely determined on the scores that the panel of judges decides to give them. There is a strict set of guidelines, which the judges follow in order to determine their scores.
The same rules apply at dance competitions, so why would one qualify and not the other?
Still not convinced? Consider this: according to multiple tests conducted at the Gatorade Sports Science Institute, dancers from Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance were ranked among professional athletes in terms of overall athleticism. It was a great way to educate viewers and break the misconceived stereotype that “dancers are not athletes.”
I have come to the conclusion that competitive dance most definitely is a sport. It fits every criterion of the definition of the word. Although you may not see dancers in helmets tackling each other, they are certainly athletes.
At the highest levels dance is not performed in its competitive form. A dancer might aspire to dance a lead role with the royal ballet, or to dance professionally for a big artist's music video, neither of which involve judges and medals; they are non-competitive. That competitions exist for performers at a lower level is inconsequential; one might as well say spelling is a sport because spelling bees exist. Many schools in the US are legally obligated to spend equal amounts on Boys' and Girls' sports, following legal action finding the latter are chronically underfunded in a discriminatory manner. If activities like cheerleading and dancing are included in the definition of sports it would shift the sport funding balance, unjustly depriving women of access to conventional sports.
to me dance is a sport because it has the same components as any other sport. To be able to dance well, one needs to be flexible, strong, have stamina, have endurance and most importantly have a love for what they do.
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