I have dance practice 20 hours THIS WEEKEND alone. Yes, Friday, Saturday, Sunday...If you have never been on a competition dance team before, you have absolutely no right to even have a voice in this debate. You have no idea the skill that is required to compete dance. You compete based off of a score a judge gives you (just like in gymnastics) and you have to be an actor, dancer, musician, and artist all in one athlete that trains just as much as any other. My team as a division just for guys alone and most of them are football and soccer players that tried hip hop is a hobby. By the end of the year, every single one of them say it is harder than any sport they've every played.
Have you danced before? It is harder than a sport, but doesn't qualify? And football does? You throw a 1 pound ball, catch it, then run. If you're hurt then everyone takes a knee and you get to sit out. If you get hurt in dance, you have to go through the rest of the recital hurt. You football, soccer, lacrosse, and basketball player couldn't take dance class for a minute. We are stronger, smarter, more pain-bearing, more flexible, and have better endurance than football players. Think we're so prissy now?
If you played football, you would find the workout similar to dance. If you cheered, you would find that dancers also lift each other, if you did gymnastics, you would see that dancers also have extreme flexibility. This does not necessarily make dance a sport, but explain to me how pogo sticking or ping pong can be a "sport" but not dance. Dance requires cardiovascular conditioning, strength, agility and flexibility just like any other sport.
First off you have no right to say that dance is not a sport if you have never danced before. I have played volleyball soccer done gymnastics and I now dance and i can honestly say it is the most challenging SPORT out of all of them. All other sports require you to have strong legs, or arms or a strong core but dance requires all of the above. sport |spôrt|
1 an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment
dance does all that.
You're talking about how dance isn't in the olympics and that is why it is not a sport. Well you guys say cheerleading is a sport but that isn't in the olympics either. Just because it isn't in the olympics doesn't mean it's not a sport. Professional football players also take dance lessons to help them. Football and baseball are sports and they are not in the olympics. You guys are just jealous that you cannot dance like a professional. Dance isn't all about entertaining it is a way of life and it is a sport to do.
Dance takes hours and hours of practice to perfect every little detail over the course of multiple years. You all sit here and say that the only people that believe that dance isn't a sport are actual dancers, well from what I've read the only people that believe that dance is not a sport are ignorant non-dancers. A lot of times all people see from dancers is there performance on stage. This goes hand in hand with don't judge a book by the cover, don't judge a dancer by the performance. A dancer's job is to make the most difficult routine look effortless and easy. If you are in pain you can't show it and I think that if you all believe that dance is easy then we are doing our job and making it look that way when the reality is while you stand there with a smile on your face en pointe the skin on your feet is ripping open and it bleeds and it burns but this isn't football you can't take a break and sit on the sidelines while you are checked you need to keep going until you are done with the exact same energy you started with and those bleeding feet and sore muscles and overworked lungs are all just your little secret.
Dance is incredibly demanding physically and mentally and if the only reason it isn't a sport is because you don't have a ball or puck and you're not competing against others (which you are so that's a lie) then you need to wake up and smell the roses because by saying that you're ruling out more sports than just dance. You say that dancers have no goal there working towards and that is the biggest lie I have ever heard, dancers are working towards a goal that most people would say is impossible and it's to be perfect. Dancers chase perfection it's what we're after and what we work everyday as hard and as long as we can to achieve, so while we chase the impossible and exhaust our bodies into doing things they physically should not do have fun throwing a rubber circle into a string net.
My final note on the subject is that if dance is a leisurely hobby for fun then why is it so incredibly demanding oh wait that's because it's a physically exhausting sport that people work hard doing so that it can become a full time career. Dancers do not get enough credit and I would advise that before you start running your ignorant mouth take a dance class and you'll see just how hard it is.
According to the dictionary, the definition of "Sport" is: (1) An athletic activity requiring skill or physical prowess and often of a competitive nature. (2) Physical activity that is governed by a set of rules or customs and often engaged in competitively.
So let's see...
Is dance a physical activity? YES
Does it require skill or physical prowess? YES
Are there dance competitions? YES
Is it governed by a set of rules and customs? YES
If it's not a sport why? And what makes the other sports well, sports? (Read the rest before answering this might change your mind). And I'm not just defending dance because I'm a dancer because even when I wasn't one I admired it and would defend it.
In dance we compete sometimes as. Team and others as individuals. We sweat, work, get injured, bleed and we dance through it all because we are passionate. We have the arms, abs and legs. We carry other dancers (working as a team) and though the routine is rehearsed choreographys can be forgotten or a dancer can fall and get hurt. We run, kick and jump like baseball players, basketball players and football players and we do more because besides doing that gracefully, better and with a smile we can do more and do it better (in not saying these sports are easy or don't require talent to etc). We compete. There are rules such as: needing a straight leg, turn out, pointed toes and etc. Besides all that we have flexibility and yes strength because if not we couldn't do splits standing up or in the air or help other dancers jump high or turn faster. The hardest part of all is making it look effortless, that's probably why the ones that say no think it's so easy.
Still don't think it's a sport or at least challenging? Take a senior or intermediate dance class of any kind and then come back and tell me your opinion.
And guess what to those of you who say that being able to freestyle takes away the sport part then when I play basketball without a game plan or practicing does that mean it's no longer a sport? Guess what, I can start free styling right now just like I can go to my backyard and start paying any sport RIGHT NOW.
Because they compete. They travel. They work just as hard as what other people consider "athletes" do and they should be considered athletes as well. Dance is just as hard and dance takes just as much skill as some sports and sometimes even more. There is absolutely no reason that dance is not a sport.
Dance is a sport. It takes just as much effort to dance as to play all the other sports e.G football, rugby, baseball etc. Just because it isn't in the Olympics doesn't mean it's not a sport. Sports don't always have to be competitive and if your view is different then I can say dance can be be competitive too. Dance is a physical activity and yes, everyone can dance just like anyone can play football but they might not be actually good at it. Get me?
There is no physical action. I've never seen a girl sweat in dance. All you do remember is walking in circles and wearing makeup. Watching it is even worse than the sport itself. I will give dancers the credit for doing splits. Other than that the only thing they do to sweat, is stretch.
Sure your running around getting exercise but there are a lot of things you do that in that are not a sport. You do not have a goal, in all SPORTS there is a goal to score points and win the game. What's the objective of dance? To dance till the end of the song? I think NOT it is not a sport and if you haven't realized all the people who DO think it is a sport do dance. I do not. I play softball, soccer and basketball. And let me tell you, dance is NOT A SPORT.
Here are a couple reasons I think dance isn't a sport...The physical demands are nowhere close to meeting an athlete's. Dancers only need leg muscles, and no upper body strength is needed, where athletes need it all around. Dance is an art...Or an activity. Sports are competitive, and you're working for your goal, not just a trophy or a medal. Athletes are strong, and lean, and dancers are little, fake, dolls. Athletes get hurt and we tough it out, where dancers don't really ever tough it out. And dance isn't in the Olympics. I have many other reasons, but I've ranted enough.
Dance is simply a game of memory. There might be little hard parts such as a couple turns in a row, but nothing that a normal person couldn't learn in under a month. Some people might say that dance is just like gymnastics which is a sport, but gymnastics requires practice, skill, and talent which is NOT a definition for dance.
Dance is not a sport due to the fact that everyone can do it. For example, a sport like golf or hockey is a sport because it takes much talent to play either of them. Now anyone can dance. That's why it doesn't count as a sport. Bring it haters.
In dance, you don't compete every weekend and It is mainly about your posture and moves! You are not stealing balls or scoring goals. I think that only sports that compete a ton are considered sports and if you were physically scoring goals with your body. Plus, you are not exactly working as a team.
In dance, you don't work as a team, and you're not head to head. If you compare dance to football, dance doesn't have even close to as much physical activity. In sports like basketball and football, they are grossly sweaty, while in dance, they barely break a sweat. I consider gymnastics and cheer to be sports - but dance? No. Is dance even in the Olympics? Nope, that's what I thought. Dance isn't a sport; it is more of an activity.
Real sports have no subjectivity to them. Dance scores can change largely regarding to how a judge feels the day. All dance is is the recital of a practiced routine, there is no thinking on the spot in dance so therefore dance is more of rehearsal, a hobby or a routine.
Okay so a sport involves moving. Physical moment and that kind of stuff. Your not chasing balls like you would in softball and baseball. You're not running all around like you would in basketball or soccer. You are moving but it's not an actual sport. Think about it, all you do is spin around and jump up and down. There is no interacting as a team because your dancing with your team, but your not helping them.
In dancing, you do not compete against another team. All you do in dancing is compete against a panel of judges. The entire basis of if you win or not is based on the opinions of the judges. This is not based on how athletic the dancer may be. I do not view this as any type of sport.