Re: What`s in a name? Posted by Valerina 3/23/2007 11:17:00 AM
I think Dancesport is a primarily a sport with an artistic component much like figure skating or other "artistic sports".
I would venture to say that the artistic component varies greatly depending on levels and that only at the highest levels of dancing have I seen the type of "artistic expression" which comes close to that of ballet or modern dance for instance.
To me, ballet (for example) is a true art form because even though there are ballet competitions, the primary goal of ballet is not the competition aspect but the communication of an artistic vision (of the choreographer and dancers) to an audience. However, the primary focus of ballroom dancing is to win competitions in order to achieve the highest ranking possible. The communication of an artistic vision is really secondary here.