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Is dance a sport?

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Started: 7/14/2016 Category: Sports
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Debating Period
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Dance is definitely a sport. I cannot stress enough about how dance is a sport. Many people believe that dance isn't a sport because dancers don't "compete". But in hindsight, dancers do compete. Dancers do multiple competitions such as Star Power, and Rising Star Talent. Dancers compete in Hip-Hop, Jazz, Contemporary, Tap, Modern, and Ballet. The dictionary distinctly states that a sport is; " an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment." Dancers compete as I said, and there are multiple T.V shows based around Dance, and many Broadway shows consist of dance. That covers the entertainment portion. I read an article called "8 reasons why dance should not be considered a sport." The first thing the article pointed out to me was that a sport and an art are two very different things. And I 100% agree, but because something is a sport does not mean it cannot be an art as well. Dancing is actually considered both, it's a sport because dancing is done sometimes for continuous hours, it's also considered an art because dance is typically used to express feelings or a story behind something. The second thing the article pointed out to me was; "Dance is a creative, expressive art form without winners and losers and not defined by crass comparisons" I can instantly say that sentence is incorrect, dancers compete in competitions just like basketball players do or football players do. Dance competitions are absolutely no different from Basketball or Football,. yes these sports have different rules but they are all sports. The third that was also pointed out to me was; "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." Okay first of all, spelling bees are not even sports, if they are not putting themselves into anything physical, they are typically standing on stage spelling. To be a dancer, you DO NOT have to be in famous people's music videos, you do not have to be known all over social media, you simply just have to do it. Simply just turning on music and performing for your family makes you a dancer. You do not have to dance at a studio to qualify as a dancer. You also do not have to dance competitively to be a dancer. I am beyond furious wit the people who think dance is not a sport. It looks easy but it is harder than you think.


Dancing isn't inherently a sport. By definition, dancing is "moving rhythmically to music, typically following a set sequence of steps." Using your aforementioned definition of a sport, dancing isn't a sport, at least when not done competitively, as there is no mention of an opponent in which "an individual or team competes against another or others." Just because it can be done competitively doesn't make the initial action a sport, although I will go into the middle-ground and say that competitive, and specifically competitive, dancing is a sport. It does require physical exertion and skill, yes, but again, no inherent opposition, by definition. Dancing is a sport as much as eating is a sport. Eating isn't inherently a sport, but competitive eating is (requires physical exertion, skill, there's competition, and done for entertainment, that's everything required for a sport.)
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Posted by dominic4298 2 years ago
I would like to stress something here, i believe dance is rigorous and very mentally and physically challenging. But, it is not a sport. Anything that is based on the biased opinion of a judge and not by a score is not a sport. But, its not a BAD thing it isn't a sport, it just doesn't fall under that realm. Just because it isn't a sport doesn't mean it isn't physically demanding and intense.
Posted by jcrudess 2 years ago
Quality of dancers is evaluated subjectively, and of sportsmen objectively. You can't measure how effective a dancer is, you can measure how effective a sportsman is. Debate done.
Posted by missmozart 2 years ago
Also, what in the world do you mean by anyone who turns on music and moves around can be considered a 'dancer'? In that case, anybody who squeaks a few notes on a violin is a 'violinist' and anyone who performs a test for carbon dioxide is a a 'scientist'.
Posted by missmozart 2 years ago
In that case, being a pianist is a "sport". You have to "practise hours", there are "competitions" etc. It is also very physical because you need to have good technicality and be a virtuoso, as well as musicality and interpretation.

By the way, there are competitions for EVERYTHING. What that article meant to say was that there never a definite winner or loser for art because it really depends on subjectivity and tastes (although obviously, there is some level of distinguishment between good and bad). With sports, it's a bit like maths, it's usually clear who wins or loses and there doesn't need to be a whole jury to decide that.
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