Is Dance a Sport?

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Is Dance a Sport?

Jada Garnett, Writer

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Many people like to say dance is not a sport. Some consider it an art, and some consider it not a sport at all. As a dancer, I believe dance is an art as well as a sport. Dictionary.com defines sport as “an athletic activity requiring skill or physical prowess and often of a competitive nature.” So, if you think about it, dance is a sport just as much as basketball, soccer, volleyball, and the list goes on.

To break it down even further, let’s compare basketball and dance. In basketball, the players do crunches and pushups, practice their plays, etc. Basketball players, basically, work out and train in order to prepare for their games. Very similarly, dancers do crunches and pushups, practice their routines, etc. Dancers exercise and practice to get ready for their performances. If you look at both basketball and dance, you can find many similarities.

So why is dance so different than any other sport? Is it because dancers perform on a stage with a full face of makeup, their hair sprayed and in vibrant costumes while football players play on a field with jerseys and eye black on their faces? People should not define a sport as an athletic activity that causes the people enduring it to look “rough and tough.” How do you know dance isn’t hard if you’ve never actually tried it? If you don’t have enough information about something, you cannot make assumptions about it. Many people don’t know a lot about dance, yet they still say it’s not a sport. All in all, know your facts before you form your opinions. Even if you’ve done so, and you still believe dance isn’t a sport, that is perfectly fine… although I’d like to see you remember multiple two minute routines and perform them in front of hundreds of people for possibly hours on end, over and over again.

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