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Re: What`s in a name?
Posted by Anonymous
3/24/2007  8:15:00 PM
"There are some benifits to be had now dancing is offically a sport. It puts them on a par with other sports that receive government funding."

On the other hand, the organized, government-backed intensive training of young children into future champions has pretty much signed the death warrant of serious amateur competition.

With no legitimate, actualy non-professional amateur divisions remaining on the world stage, an honorable tradition of amateur achivement has been pretty much reduced to the sunday circuit... and the audience.
Re: What`s in a name?
Posted by Quickstep
3/25/2007  4:48:00 PM
It could make an interesting discussion. Lets look at this as it is. Where do you think the best dancers in the world today are coming from. Don' t be fooled into thinking that this or that couple are home produced because they dance with a flag on their back. Where did they learn there craft. They learn' t in countries that have had junior development plans in place for years. It will continue that way unless the light at the end of that tunnel is seen. You have and we have dance people who are interested in one thing only, money. The developement of dancing is the furthest thing from their minds. They are quite happy to keep everything just as it is. To be continued I am sure.
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Posted by terence2
7/9/2007  12:57:00 AM
They ?-- who are " they " ?--blanket statements and generalisations , supply no factual information. ( I of course, can quote instances, but the exception ,not the rule )

There are those that say( Sports announcers in particular )that if it doesnt have a ball-- then its not a sport-- my response ?-- what about Ice Hockey ?-- and -- the " sport " of Kings-- Horse racing .

Is not the very definition of " sporting event " the skills of one individual ( or more ) pitted against another ? ( pitted, interesting word-- a fighting / sporting arena )
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Posted by DennisBeach
7/9/2007  5:29:00 PM
If skating and gymnastics are sports, than ballroom dancing also is a sport.

Whether they call it a sport or not. For us social dancers, it can provide exercise and fun comnparable to any sport.
no subject
Posted by terence2
7/10/2007  1:03:00 AM
You got that right !!!!!
Re: no subject
Posted by ericlund
2/2/2008  10:36:00 PM
1. an athletic activity requiring skill or physical prowess and often of a competitive nature.

Dance requires skill and physical prowess (to perform at a high level, but that's implied in the definition as well). In "competitions" it is of a competitive nature. Meets the definition.

One of the keys is that sport doesn't even have to be competitive. Duck hunting is considered a sport, but the only loser is the duck (or fish or pheasant or deer).

So, in dance, if you just work hard to get physically better at dancing, even though you don't compete, you are still taking part in sport.

It has nothing to do with whether it is "pretty" or not, or whether there is a winner or loser.
Re: no subject
Posted by melstar000
5/16/2008  12:52:00 PM
i agree. it is both a sport and an art.
Re: no subject
Posted by Serendipidy
5/17/2008  3:02:00 AM
Is the International Style of Dancing a Sport. Of course it is and has been recognised as such for years in some European countries. In those countries it had to be recognised by them as a sport to get access to money and other benifits that is available for other sports. It was a major step forward to be recognised by the IOC but I think only a fool would ever think that it will be part of the Olympics. There are two many problems. Take just one name for instance. The now retired but stiil demonstrating throughout the world Brian Watson. Which country could he represent. He is a South African who has danced for England as well as Germany with partners who are from which country and in turn have danced for a few different countries. Michael Wentink now dances with a Japanese partner for Japan is another. Other problems that come from mixed partnerships, some of them are here today and gone tomorrow, you can figure out for yourselves.
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Posted by casablanca
7/9/2007  10:15:00 PM
I would say as I always tell people....Dancing is "the Sport of the Arts" you do the math! Enjoy! and keep on Dancing
Re: Is dance a sport?
Posted by ladytan25
10/8/2007  6:59:00 PM
Who says there is no competition in Ballet???? My sister took bellet very seriously for many years and was even accepted into some prestigious ballet schools in Boston and NYC. Ballet is VERY compeitive. After all, who dosen't want to a be a prima dona ballerinia? Who dosen't want the middle of the stage as thier own? Don't let the sweet ballerina's act fool you, they want the spotlight all to themseles and will do ANYTHING to get it. My sister was ALWAYS complaning about the "other girl" who got the lead this time ( even if she was the better one the next). Ballet's tougher and more physically demanding then we think. Same goes with ballroom as it can get highly competitive.

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