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.