This blog was written by Cassandra D., Scholar Class of 2020,  as part of a lab focused on current events.

 

I’ve danced since I was four and I feel that because of the hard work needed for this activity, dance should be qualified as a sport. First we will look at the definition of sport: “An activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment.”

So let’s think about other sports like gymnastics. In gymnastics, you must provide a number of skills and compete to see if you are the best. This is compared to Ballet in which you must provide an assortment of graceful movements all with a smile on your face. In both of these sports you must be flexible, strong, and an athlete

“To be able to dance well, one needs to be flexible, strong, have stamina, have endurance and most importantly have a love for what they do,” a Southlake Arts article says.

Along with every athlete, dancers have to eat healthy and train. Some exercises could be planks, splits, ab exercises, and jumping.

In most professional companies, a morning class at 10 starts the day, and they could rehearse through until 6pm, with breaks. This punishing schedule is usually done up to six days a week,” Channel 4 news reported.Channel 4  News reported.

A lot of dancers perform multiple shows a day a most days a week. In other genres of dance people also face rigorous training and schedules. A couple forms of dance include Contemporary, Jazz, Hip Hop, Acro, Tap, Waltz, Tango, Folk, Jive, Latin and Salsa.

This shows that in dance you must train like a sport, with punishing schedule such as many hours of work. Also training with exercises similar to other sports. In conclusion, dance should be qualified as a sport given its difficulty and athleticism.