Argument by Definition
Is Dancing a Sport?
I’ve been dancing since I was two years old. Starting as a ballerina, jazz, tap dance, and hip hop dancer, I’ve been practicing, improving, and dedicating myself to what I call my sport for pretty much my entire life. But to some people, just moving rhythmically to music does not fit the characteristics by which a sport is defined, and instead dancing is identified as more of an art. As a dancer myself, dance being recognized as a form of art is a beautiful thing. However, I almost take offense to the demeaning athleticism that goes into it.
According to Webster’s dictionary, a sport is an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment. As beautiful of an art dance can appear, the actual performance itself is none-the-less an exhausting and competitive action. To be able to dance well, one needs to maintain strength and flexibility skills. One must have stamina and endurance. In most dance facilities, one is required to practice 4-10 hours a week. During competition, the talent required to claim first place physically exceeds the ability it takes a football player to run across a field with a ball. 78% of a random sample survey says dancing is a sport, and the 22% of people who say it’s not because either it’s an art, or, it has no contact. I agree that visually, dance is an art. I can also agree that it has no competitive contact. But then tell me what physical contact the sport of golfing involves to be characterized as a sport? Nowhere in the definition is a sport classified as having to be physically against each other. “No! Dancing is not a sport! Where is the point system, where is the final goal, where is the Olympics (Ryweld, 2013)?” First of all, the pointing system is not the same as scoring a goal or making a hole-in-one. Dance has almost all the same characteristics as the sport of gymnastics, including the way it’s...
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