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Re: help settle a friendly debate
Posted by Serendipidy
5/16/2008  3:23:00 PM
I believe it is on the cards that the IDSF that is the Amatuer Body intend to embrace Cheerleading. And Rock and Roll. They are heading in your direction also.
Re: help settle a friendly debate
Posted by SmoothGeezer
5/16/2008  5:54:00 PM
As with all the sports I can think of, the better you become at them, the more physical and mentally demanding they become. So your question boils down to, at what level? One quick example: Go to a public park and watch someone playing social tennis, then go watch a professional tennis match. There isn't much similarity, but they are both playing something called by the same name.
Re: help settle a friendly debate
Posted by dheun
5/17/2008  5:33:00 AM
For the younger set, cheerleading would have to be considered more of a sport because it gets sanctioned by high school associations and is supported by booster clubs and fund-raisers and such. That is a different way of looking at it, but it addresses the public perception, I guess. But ballroom dancing may someday be embraced as an Olympic event and its DanceSport competitions are already world-renowned. They both take a lot of time and effort, with cheerleading probably being a little tougher on the participants' knees and backs.
From a man's standpoint, they are so different, that the argument, while interesting, is akin to a couple of guys arguing whether poker or golf is more of a sport because both include lots of wagering and both are on TV a lot.

Re: help settle a friendly debate
Posted by guest
5/17/2008  7:44:00 AM
This subject is popular, but I'm not sure the debate really gets us anywhere. Those of us who dance competitively know how physically demanding it is (we need not "defend" it). As far as the Olympics go, if they can have figure skating, they could have dancing...it would just be difficult to coordinate an unbiased panel of qualified judges. By the way, I don't consider figure skating a perfect candidate for an olympic event either, but it is very popular.
Re: help settle a friendly debate
Posted by Serendipidy
5/20/2008  12:34:00 AM
guest. I could be wrong but i don't think so. In Figure Skating as in Pair or Ice Dancing to represent your country you would both be American or Russian. In dancing especially among the top dancers it would be hard to find a pair from the same country. You could go down the list and eventually find a pair. But then would they be the best. Ice Skating and the Olympics go back right to the beginning of the modern era. Long before most of us were born. They changed the rules a bit just recently. A vocal can only accompany the orchestration now. No longer can Michael Crawford's Phantom of the Opera be skated to. Which I think is a great pity.
Re: help settle a friendly debate
Posted by DennisBeach
5/20/2008  4:57:00 PM
I think both could be considered sports. Cheer leading now is primarily group gymnastics. Both take significant physical skill and energy. dancing with skates on has been considered a sport for a long time and individual gymnastics has been a sport for a long time.
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