Should competitive dance be considered a sport?

Asked by: Aprilberry
  • Competitive dance should be a sport.

    I feel that competitive dance should be considered a sport because, first of all, it requires tons of practices. Although some competitive dance studios are laid back, most are very professional and require 10-30 hours of practice a week, usually around 8 hours of technique classes and then normally a minimum of 2 hours to learn dances, and the average is usually around 5 hours for most people, but it can stretch to 20 depending on skill level. Also, this sport is nearly year-round. In school sports theres just a season you play your sport, in club sports it's from fall to spring, and in dance it's non-stop. Also, it requires much more effort than your normal, everyday sports. Memory is needed to remember up to 20 dances, flexibility is a must (which hardly no other sport possesses), and strength is extremely important for things like tilts and turns. And finally, if you get hurt on stage, you have to keep going and keep smiling. You can't run off the field and start crying, because unlike football and soccer, no one else can take your place in the dance. Think it's still not a sport now?

  • Of Course It Is A Sport!

    As a dancer of 10 years, I know that competitive dancing is a sport for the following reasons. It requires an amazing amount of stamina, it is just as difficult as any other sport, and that we have real competitors.
    It requires an amazing amount of stamina- while preparing for competitions, I have had to work up to 36 hours in a week. I have had 3 hour dance classes and sometimes 6 hour dance classes where they wouldn't let you sit down until you got in the car to leave.
    It is just as difficult as any other sport- Sure we don't use a ball, puck, goal or hoop like some sports, but most other sports don't have to turn out their feet, keep their arms in, point their toes, have perfect posture and timing and still remember to smile. Don't tell me that's not difficult.
    We have real competitors- I often read the opposing side say that we don't have actual competitors that we compete against, but that is not true. Through dance, I don't compete against just one team, but up to 30 different teams of eight people. Call that fake competition.
    The opposing side often says that we don't use a ball, puck or goal, but there are several sports like swimming, track, and cheer that do not have those either. They also say dance is not in the Olympics so it must not be a sport, but I have never seen football or baseball in the Olympics either.
    Competitive dancing is a sport for the following reasons. It requires an amazing amount of stamina, it is just as difficult as any other sport, and that we have real competitors.

  • Yes it should be a sport

    You have to train 20-30 hours a week if it was easy then allot of boys would be dancing so I say it should be a sport its hard you have to practice endlessly if you are not ready for the competition then you can't be in it so yes it should be

  • Dance is a sport

    It involves a lot of physical activity, it is definitely a sport. And for anyone who thinks "well it's not in the Olympics so it's not a sport," what about Karate? Rock Climbing? They are sports and they aren't in the Olympics! Dance is more exercise than most sports and is much more fun than most too.

  • Yes, competitive dancing IS ALREADY a sport

    Believe me, competitive dancing is a sport. Look at the definition of sport- this will describe competitive dancing. If you are a dancer, don't be afraid to say "I play a sport. I dance." If anyone has a problem with it, it's not yours- it's theirs, and the fact that they need to learn THEIR facts. Competitive dancing is a sport.

  • They are athletes

    It takes an athlete to do what these performers do.
    They have to train and work very hard to do things with their body that regular people can not do! The require more practice and rehearsal than most sports and arts and are very active and in shape. They have diets, workouts, and demanding regimens for their sport.

  • Dancing isn't a sport

    I do not believe that dancing should be considered a sport. A bunch a girls in tight clothes that show off private parts of their bodies jumping around in a gym, doesn't sound like a sport to me. This is what I do and will always believe. Sorry to anyone this could offend

  • Dance is a sport!

    Dance should most definitely be considered a sport. The definition of sport is, "an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against an other," Dance matches this definition in many ways. Dancers compete against other dancers,and it involves lots of physical exertion and skill. Dancers go through sweat, blood and tears, just for the sport. We spend hours and hours training and perfecting ourselves just for a few minutes on stage. In my opinion thats even harder to go through then football or soccer. Soccer players train so they can play multiple games a week. Dancers train so that we can go through two minutes on stage, while judges are watching our every move looking for any imperfection. It feels like we waste our time, going through gruelling practices for so long just for a few minutes on stage. But we do it because of our love for the SPORT. And just because dance isn't in the olympics doesn't mean it isn't a sport, because neither baseball or softball are in the olympics either. People may say that dancers don't sweat or don't get tired but the truth is, we do. We sweat like pigs and dance until we feel like we are about to collapse. The reason why people don't think we do is because we have to hide it. On stage we can't show any weakness, and we can't let the judges know that we are feeling tired. Finally, just because dance doesn't involve a ball or a net, doesn't mean it is not a sport. It is a physical workout, and that is all that matters. You cannot judge dance and say it isn't a sport until you've spent the time in the studio, spent the time on stage and experience what dancers must go through.

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