Is dance a sport?  Two opinions...

YES! Dance is a sport
June 7, 2010
I have been dancing for ten years and can tell you one thing.  Dance is a sport. Even though people think that it is girly and easy, I, and other competitive dancers, could say differently.   

A lot of people say that dance isn’t a sport because it’s not in the Olympics.  However, there are quite a few other sports that don’t happen to be in the Olympics, like lacrosse.  And lacrosse is definitely a sport.  Other people say that it is a performing art, but not a sport.  I agree with that but I also think it’s a sport.

I know that I personally have dance practices for three hours. Straight. On Wednesdays I walk to dance right after school and don’t get home until 9:00 pm.  Maddie S., 7th, says that she had about an hour-and-a-half to two hours of dance everyday.  We have classes for hours of work that makes us ache.  And on top of all of this, we have to focus on making ourselves look beautiful.  Pointed toes. Arm placement. Straight legs.  There’s so much more, too.  

Isabel K., 7th, says that she thinks dance is a sport because people work really hard.  “Just ‘cause it’s not in the Olympics doesn’t mean it’s not a sport,” she said.  She thinks dance would be difficult “because I have no skill level in the area of dance.” Kerrigan B., 8th, says that even though people might not be good at dance, everyone can dance, so it’s not a sport. I, however, don’t agree because everyone can run but only some people can run well.  It’s the exact same thing, and we call running a sport, so why don’t we call dance a sport?

All in all, I think that just because it might not seem like it, dance is hard. People make assumptions that it’s easy and girly, but it’s not.

NO! Dance is not a sport
by ALEX A.
June 7, 2010
Do you think dance is a sport? Do they work hard and therefore you consider it a sport? I think dance is not a sport. That is for three main reasons.  The first is that dance is not in the Olympics. Most sports are in the Olympics.  The second is that usually, in sports, practices are intense workouts. In dance, it seems that it's just prancing around the room wearing tutus. It may not seem like that to you, but that’s how I see it.

 Also, my other reason is that most sports involve a ball of some sort, or running. I really don’t think dancing falls under either of those categories.  They aren’t running around, or chasing a ball. They just stand there and move around, but not chasing anything, or running as fast as they can.

Kerrigan B., 8th grade student, says, “Dance is not a sport.  That is because anyone can dance. Sure they may not be good at it, but they still can.  Also, all sports are in the Olympics, and dance is not in the Olympics.”

But also, Isabel K., 7th grader, thinks that dance is a sport.  “Dancers work hard and compete in competitions, so I think dance is a sport.” I think Isabel is wrong, though.  Dance is not a sport, because competitions are not in sports; tournaments and play-offs are, but not competitions.  

So I think dance is not a sport. That is for many reasons. First of all, people don’t work extremely hard. Second, there is no ball or running. Also, there is no dance in the Olympics.  So if you’re a dancer and enjoy it, don’t dance because you think it’s a sport. Just dance to have fun.