Essay Is Dance a Sport?

1962 Words Sep 26th, 2013 8 Pages
Is Dance a Sport? The endless debate between the dance world and the sports world is trying to decide where dance fits in. Dance does require athletic ability for the technique needed. However, dance does not fit completely into what is typically considered a sport. Some people say it cannot be called a sport and that it is an art instead. In this argument, it is important to distinguish what type of dancing is being discussed, as there are many different types of varying levels of difficulty. Paige Abrams puts it this way: “You can dance at a club for fun, as a hobby, as a serious passion, or you can dance as a career” (2). Just as a person can play catch, which has some of the basic components as baseball, it is not considered a …show more content…
I’ve had football players come take ballet with me before and they couldn’t even stand correctly at the barre, much less execute any of the dance steps. The third thing needed by an activity to make it a sport is competition. What many people don’t know is that “competitions are held throughout the country, where dance studios can come show off their talent” (Abrams 2) Aubree James says that “dance is a competitive sport. It has a set of rules. You can compete in a large group, as a soloist or in a duet or trio as well” (2). I go to dance competitions with my dance studio and compete against other studios. We train extremely hard so we will excel at the competitions. Competitions are separated into categories by age and by group size so that the judging is more fair. A group of judges gives each dance a score based on technique, synchronization, and artistry. Dance is just as competitive as football, baseball, or soccer so it shouldn’t be discredited because it isn’t competitive. The next requirement of being considered a sport is that it brings people together. This can be done by creating bonds within a team or through supporting a team. Dance enables both of these situations. I have relationships that I will always cherish with my fellow dancers. The girls that I dance with are some of my best friends and dancing has brought us together. Our parents and other

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