Ethos, Logos, Pathos: Dance Is a Sport

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Dance- Is It a Sport? Aubree James written in 2010 challenges considers the fact that dance an art instead of a sport. Many people have been arguing this topic for many years. This article opens the eyes of skeptics and introduces many different pieces of evidence that prove dance should be classified as a sport. She uses pathos, logos, and ethos while challenging this statement. Pathos is used while discussing the purpose of dance, the opportunities dancers have been given, and the competitive side of dance. James uses Logos as she writes about the strategies dancers use in order to succeed as a dancer, she also states the true definition of an athlete, which qualifies dancers as athletes, and also while discussing how dancers prevent or obtain injuries. Ethos is used in this article when James references the TV series on FOX known as So You Think You Can Dance, and also giving credibility to dancers for fighting to make dance a sport. James addresses the emotional appeal, also known as Pathos, multiple times in this article. The first example is “dance is a form of celebration. It is artistic.” Dance is considered an art instead of a sport because of the ability the dancers have to turn their bodies into art pieces. It is considered a celebration because dance celebrates music and movement. Dancers tend to become emotionally attached to the piece of music they are dancing to and are able to create a story with their movement, they have to ability to bring a piece of music to life, which is why it is considered an art or celebration. “Dancers have lost out on many opportunities to show the world what they can do.” This quote from the article classifies as Pathos because so many dancers work so hard to become a professional dancer but they are given very little credit for their athletic ability. This is very hard emotionally for dancers because they

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