The Crestiad

Cedar Crest College newspaper since 1923

Dance: The toughest sport

Dance: The toughest sport

NICOLE MAGLOIRE, Managing Editor

“Do you play any sports?”

“Yes, just one.”

“Really? What do you play?”

“I dance.”

“Dance is not a sport.”

The International Association for Dance Medicine and Sciences say that dancers need to dedicate 55-60 percent of their diets to carbohydrates in order to have healthy muscles. The Association also states that dancers need to have an efficient amount of protein and fat in their diet because they’re continuously training.

According to Mediawebsource.com, the average professional dancer spends eight hours training every day. The average practice for a professional football team is three to four hours a day. The average dancer can only dance professionally until they are in their late thirties due to the large amount of wear and tear it has on a person’s body.

Dance is not only a sport, but it’s one of the toughest and most versatile sports that exist. Dance comes in many different forms which makes it appeal to people of all ages and sizes.

A new documentary soon to be released entitled “First position” gives all non dancers an idea of what it’s like to be a professional dancer. The film follows six young professional ballet dancers as they prepare to compete in the largest ballet competition in the world. The Youth America Grand Prix is the largest competition that awards full scholarships to dancers to prestigious ballet schools.

The documentary gives people an inside look to not only the world of dance but also one of the most talked about dance competitions in the world. By just watching the commercial one can see that dance is more than just something that is picked up on a whim. Yes, it can be done for fun but when trying to pursue a professional career, one must dedicate all of their time and effort to becoming the best dancer they can be.

Dancers not only face physical stress but they also face large amounts of emotional stress as well. They must constantly be in front of a mirror and are continually told to look and their bodies, which lead many dancers to have eating disorders at a young age. Dancers are also faced with continuous competition. Like other sports, dancers are always competing for the top and front spot in a performance.

Saying dance is not a sport is just like saying football isn’t a sport. We sweat, we practice for hours each day, and we compete with our friends and our enemies. To me, that’s the description of a very tough sport.

If you don’t believe me, just ask Gregory Hines, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Martha Graham or Mia Michaels. Those are all people who dedicated and still devote their lives to the art and sport of dance. Still don’t believe dance is a sport? Then I challenge you to give it a try.

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This entry was posted on August 27, 2012 by in Opinion and tagged .
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