Dance Is a Sport

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Gabriela Gorbet English 1304 Ms. Nguyen Dance; An art and sport. Problem: There are thousands of dancers in the United States. According to the Department of Labor in 2008, more than 29000 people listed it as their profession. Dance is a physical activity that requires the same great training and conditioning as many sports, but it's absent from the Olympic games and NCAA line-ups (Adams). Without traditional competition, wins, and loses, it tends to fade to the background of the sports world. If someone was to ask you if you belong to a sports team and you answered, "I’m on a Dance Team”, they’d tell you that dance is not a sport but it is an art. My answer to that question would be that it’s both. 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. Dancing requires strength, endurance, agility, dedication, skill, co-ordination and your body must be in top condition. You could hurt yourself in dancing just as easily as you can clap your hands together, yet most people do not recognize it as a sport. According to The Farlex Dictionary the word sport is defined as: Physical activity that is governed by a set of rules or customs and often engaged in competitively. Dancers compete against other dancers and routines must comply with a set of rules. Dance moves must be done in a certain way. You must land them in a certain way. You have to have a certain number of balances, turns and flexibility moves in each level. These are the rules of dance. Artistry is judged separately from these moves. Athletes are people who participate in competitive sports. The Merriam Webster Dictionary defines the word athlete as a person who is trained or skilled in exercises, sports or games requiring physical strength, agility or stamina. According to this definition, a dancer is an athlete. Warm up

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