Why Dancing IS a Sport


Violet Korpal, Staff Writer, Journalism I

If you think about it, what is the real definition of a sport?

According to Oxford Languages, sports is defined as “an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment.”

So I would like to hear people’s reasoning surrounding that definition on why dance isn’t a sport. 

Trust me, as I have been a dancer for 12 years, I would know that dance involves plenty of physical exertion. 

You work out constantly just like any other sport and are always trying to build muscle and improve your technique. 

Dance also involves skills that you practice and perfect over and over again until it is at least exceptional. 

A specific routine  which you MUST stick to and remember which tests muscle memory and mental memory–and you don’t call that a sport?

You also go and compete against other teams and studios during a specific sport season. 

Everything in that describes a sport. 

You can say, “Well, dancing can be done for fun and people made it into a sport.” But I say dancing for fun is like throwing a football for fun. 

Now I see how some people consider it an art because it is used for people’s entertainment. 

If you aren’t dancing competitively and you are dancing in The Nutcracker, I can see that as an art.

But then again you are training and building skills to perform, so it is still a sport. 

It depends on who you talk to but, in my opinion, dance is 110% a sport.