Competitive Dance Should be Considered a Sport

A  football  player  typically  works  solely  on  his  chest  and  upper  body  strength.  In  America,  the  most  recognized  sport  for  being  disciplined  and  in  shape  is  football. However,  ballet  dancers  work  every  single  part  of  their  body.  Not  just  focusing  on  upper   body  strength,  but  extreme  lower  body  strength  too.  This  is  why  dance  is  a  unique  sport  Another  thing  that   makes  dancers  unique  is  they  have  to  move  gracefully  instead  of  moving  choppy. Competitive  dance  should  be  considered  a  sport. Most  people  do  not  know  that  when  football  players  go  to  college  they  take  ballet  classes  to  gain  strength  their  in  ankles,  feet,  increase  stamina  and  move  gracefully. According  to  livestrong.com,  ballet  helps  your  heartbeat  because  dancing  conditions  your  cardiovascular  system  and  helps  your  body’s  ability  to   deliver  oxygen.  Also,  ballet  helps  reduce  the  risk  of  injury  due  to  your  flexibility.  If  you   are  more  flexible  then  there  is  a  smaller  chance  for  you  to  harm  yourself. Partaking  in  competitive  dance  has  many  positive  outcomes.  The  simple  noticeable  things  that  dance  can  benefit  you  with  is  good  posture.  You  can  always  tell  who’s  a  dancer  just  by  seeing  their   chest  out  and  chin  up,  not  to  mention  dancers  have  confidence  in  themselves. Other  than  the  obvious  outcomes  of  dance,  it  helps  you  tremendously  with  memorization;  which  you  can  apply  in  other  areas  in  your  life  other  than  just  dance. Dance  lets  you  move  with  more  agility,  your  flexibility  will  increase  and  your  lower  body  strength  will also  increase  dramatically.  Dance  also  helps  you  with  your health.  You  can’t  eat  fast  food,  drink  pop,  and   expect  to  be  a  good  healthy  dancer.  When  you  eat  healthy,  it  reflects  back  onto  your  dancing. For  example,  eating  salads  and  drinking  water  will help  you  dance  beautifully  in  your  performance Steve  Mclendon,  a  320-pound  football  player  for  Pittsburgh Steelers,  takes  regular  ballet  classes  to  improve  his  football  skills.  Mclendon  said  that  after  taking  so  many  dance classes  he  can  see  a  huge  difference  and  increase   of  muscle  in  his  lower  body,  specifically  in  his  ankles  and  feet. On  the  other  hand,  some  people  may  think  that  competitive  dance  is  not  a  sport.  Most  people  who  think  that  are  boys.  They  think  that  because  you  have  to  look  graceful  and  wear  flimsy  costumes  you  aren’t  playing  a  sport.  They  think  that  dancers  are  weak,  they  do  not  see  the  work  dancers  put  forth  behind  the  scenes.  But,  fortunately  you’ll  have  a  better  understanding  for  dancers.

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