Is dance really a sport? This question has been debated numerous times. I am a dancer myself, and I believe that dance is a sport, but also an art because for the dancer for it is both extremely physically and mentally demanding. I think that dance is also an art because you are using your body to tell a story without words.
According to debate.org, 77% of voters think dance is a sport and 23% think it is not. people who think dance is not a sport have very weak reasoning such as: “there is no physical movement”. This is not true because if you have ever seen a dance performance you can see that the dancers are moving a lot. Also, part of being a dancer to make it look easy so if anything it makes it harder. Another reason that they use to explain why dance is not a sport, is because dance is a game of memory. This is not true because you do have to remember the steps, but also execute them well. One more reason they use is you don’t work together as a team; this is not true because you all have to make sure you are on the same counts so no one is late or early, and you all have to know the steps and rely on each other during lifts.
The reasons I also believe dance is an art is because you are telling a story with your body without words. Also when the audience is watching a performance they view it as art, not a sport. Another reason is that when you are dancing you are wearing costumes and makeup to seem more like your character. Many dancers believe that dance is just an art because it is so much more than a sport. I think that while in dance you are telling a story without words, you are also working your body to its limits. Even if you believe that dance is just an art, dancers are still athletes. They are athletes because it takes just as much physical skill to dance as it does to play a sport.
While dancers appear to make everything they are doing effortless, that is only the illusion they are creating and so it appears to be an art, but it is actually much more than that. If you still think dance is not a sport I hope you now realize that it is just and physically demanding as a sport. I still believe dance is a sport and a art. In conclusion, these are the reasons why dance is not only an art but also a sport.
Story by Maddy Peeples