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Just a few Questions
Posted by Cathryn
8/13/2004  2:37:00 AM
Hi my name is cathryn im in grade 11 and i have to do a report on 'Should Ballroom Dancing Be A Olympic Sport'

If anyone could answer any of the following questions it would be greatly appreciated

What makes a sport a sport?

Do you believe ballroom dancing is a sport or an art?

Should ballroom dancing be an Olympic sport?

If ballroom Dancing was in the Olympics would it at value in terms of participation and media coverage?

Does ballroom dancing show a direct emphasis on youth and development?

How long does it take to master a dance?

Do you believe a dancer trains as hard as any other athletes?

What does a week of training look like for a dancer?
Re: Just a few Questions
Posted by TheFryingDragon
8/13/2004  7:40:00 PM

Hi Cathryn,
Here's my two-cents worth.

"What makes a sport a sport?"
-- To me, a sport is an activity involving some form of physical exertion which is moderated or governed by rules specific to that activity, and often exercised competitively.

"Sport or Art?"
-- I think they're both. Ballroom dancing is primarily performance art in that it deals with artistic movement, much as ballet, kung-fu, tae kwan do, or any dance or martial art. However, it is also a sport when it is undertaken as a competitive activity (these days under the name DanceSport) much like ice dancing or Judo.

"Ballroom Dancing as an Olympic Sport?"
-- I am rather ambivalent on this point. There are many pluses and minuses to both--and too lengthy to go through here.

"Value add as an Olympic sport?"
-- Any sport could always benefit from media exposure. Ballroom dancing could gain more in terms of prestige and recognition if included in the Olympics. The other side of that question is, "is ballroom dancing ready for prime time?" It could get some media coverage but not much--initially. Whether it would be enough to merit the effort for inclusion into the games so we get more exposure for dancesport remains to be seen. It needs to capture the fancy of the viewing public and be presented in a way that changes their existing perceptions. It would then gain a strong following beyond the existing afficionados.

"How long does it take to master a dance?"
-- Mastery is a life-long undertaking in almost any discipline. To meet baseline at the National level (Open Championship level), I would say eight (8) to ten years. At the International level, perhaps thirteen or more of intense dedicated training.

"Dancer trains as hard as any other athlete? "
-- Yes. I hit the gym five times a week for endurance and strength training. I practice two to six hours per day four to six times a week depending on my work schedule. And compared to top dancers, that is hardly enough.

I hope this helps.
RE: Answers
Posted by Riaan
8/16/2004  8:46:00 AM
Hi there guys i am a latin-ballroom instructor from south africa..

just a couple of answers....

the pros on average do about 5 to 8 hours of dancing a day...

so its like a full time job..

World champs bryan and carmen have been dancing since the age of 7 or 8 and 16 respectivly so it does take a long time to master dancing.... i do believe that dancing is a sport because of the compettative nature of it... here in south africa it is the 2nd fastest growing sport... Dancing further more shows a direct emphasis on the development of youth due to the fact that it instills a lot of courage and self confidence in the youth.... it takes alot to get up and dance in front of people... so i hope this helped you a bit... if not it was worth the try...

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