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Should Dance Be Considered A Sport?

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Taylor Perrye

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Transcript of Should Dance Be Considered A Sport?

3 Taylor Perrye
Period 3
January 7th, 2013 ("mballet1itwsts.jpg") Claim: Dance IS a Sport. Counterargument: Most people think that dance does not use as much physical energy as normal sports and is not governed by a set of specific rules. Also, injuries are less common. Therefore, it should not be considered a sport. Should dance be considered a sport? Rebuttal: Dance uses just as much physical energy as any other sport, sometimes maybe even more. Also, most specific types of dance ARE governed by a specific set of rules, especially during competition. Regarding injuries, they do occur sometimes and may not be apparent right away but take affect long term. Concession: Even with all of this, it is still possible to see how certain types dance could be looked at as more of a free non-governed art form, requiring less physical energy. Is dance a sport?
By Madison Rice

After searching the internet vigorously for reasons why people frequently assume dancing is not considered a sport, I came to the conclusion that most people believe dancing is not a sport, but an art.
I, however, believe it shares both of the labels, favoring in sports. Art, to me, would be considered graceful and nothing physically demanding. Yet sports, to me, are represented by anything that requires physical exertion. Many people will argue that dance is not a sport, but the jumping, turning, and other various movements required for dancing can prove otherwise
Two activities that are most often practiced among the dance community are called jumps and turns. The names may seem plain but with over 30 different types of jumps and turns one can accumulate a workout in comparison to running two miles. An article on aarp.com called,” Let’s Dance to Health,” has proven that a workout that involves jumping and turning repeatedly for over ten minutes creates a workout similar to running a mile. The same article also proves that dance can ward off illnesses like diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, osteoporosis, and depression.
This is exactly why dance should be considered a sport. The issue is centered on the meaning of the word "sport." According to an American Heritage Dictionary definition, "sport" is: "An activity involving physical exertion and skill that is governed by a set of rules or customs and often undertaken competitively." Using this definition, competitive dance is, indeed, a sport. Dance requires dedication, if you want to improve, like any other “sport,” you have to make the effort to make yourself a better dancer because talent is not easily in the art of dance.
The reason the term “dance” is specified as an art rather than a sport would have to do with the mindset of the person questioning why dance is or is not a sport. Dictionary.com refers to “Sport” as an athletic activity requiring skill or physical prowess and often of a competitive nature, as racing, baseball, tennis, golf, bowling, wrestling, etc. “Art” is the quality, production, expression, or realm, according to aesthetic principles, of what is beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance. Dance in a way, is more of an art because the beauty that lies within every different assortment of dance requires grace, and many of the other characteristics that make up the term “art,” based on the dictionary term at least.I believe that dance is more of a sport than an art form. While I still do respect that it is looked upon as an art, the physical activity and endurance needed to be a dancer should make any kind of dancing classified as a sport. According to Dictionary.com, an “Athlete” is a person trained or gifted in exercises or contests involving physical agility, stamina, or strength; a participant in a sport, exercise, or game requiring physical skill. In my mind, I believe dance to be more than a sport, I believe dance to be an extreme sport. An extreme sport that requires both the physical strength of sports and the elegance of an art. Ethical Appeals About Dance As a Sport Emotional Appeals About Dance As a Sport Claim: Dance IS a Sport! ("footankle.jpg") ("Lauran-Allaire-Dance-Sport-1-Distorte") ("I Love This Game: The Kirov Ballet (NBA commercial)") ("Untitled-3.jpg") Logical Appeals About Dance As a Sport ("129049349498461559.png") ("dance1-2.s600x600.jpg") ("11001DanceTheUltimateSport.1.jpg") ("ballet_dancer_wheel.png") 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 Allaire, dancer of fourteen years (pictured above).

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. ("The great debate: is dance a sport?" Santa Rosa High) ("tumblr_m74bjf14kq1r22tvd.png") ("ballet.jpg") ("Dance-is-my-Sport.png") ("rulebook_cover.jpg") (Madison Rice) ("54606214201357228") ("tumblr_m56n4tarxx1rrb63s")
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