Over the years, people have continued to argue over the controversy concerning whether or not dance should be considered a sport.In the 21st century someone is considered an athlete if they participate in traditional sports such as basketball, soccer, or tennis, because of their competitive and challenging nature. Yet, in such a changing society, one might wonder about dance. Is dance a sport?
Recently the Oracle sent a survey to evaluate how students view this topic. The 161 girls that completed the survey indicated that 63% of Archer’s community prefers sports to dance. The survey also showed that more girls participate in the Archer athletics program than the Archer dance program.
In the survey, Archer girls expressed why they enjoy participating in sports. One student said, “I like sports because I’m able to escape from the stress of school or distractions at home or with friends. When I play sports, all of my energy is dedicated to focusing on the present moment, and it feels refreshing to not have to think about anything else.”
The survey also asked Archer’s dancers why they enjoy dance. One girl says she can “express herself through dance and get physically active at the same time,” while another student says she simply “really likes dance—it’s just super fun to do.”
Does the Archer community think dance is a sport? Even though traditional sports were favored over dance, over three quarters of the Archer girls do consider dance a sport.
A student replied, “it takes the same amount of physical exertion, preparation, and competitive flair.” However, some do not believe dance should be considered a sport to because “dance is an art not a sport.” In addition other girls feel that dance “just doesn’t seem as active as sports are.”
Based off the feedback, Archer students appreciate dance and sports for very similar reasons. Even though the majority of the surveyed Archer’s students consider dance to be a more artistic form of exercise, all of Archer shares the opinion that both these activities will result in expressing oneself, letting go of stress, and exercising in a healthy, fun way.
Featured Image: Maria Kochetkova and Lonnie Weeks of the San Francisco Ballet Photographer: Liza Voll