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Dancers ARE Athletes!
I have been dancing since the age of 2 and competitively since the age of 5 right around the time I started to play soccer. I can remember leaving ballet class in my tights and tutu going to soccer practice.
I even wore my leotard and tights under my soccer shorts and shirt because there was not time to change. Just like changing from volleyball practice now into my dance attire in the car on the way to classes.
I have continued to play sports and I get a ton of comments about it during practices from coaches and teammates.
Boys will always say how dance is not a sport when I list it in the sports that I play and I have had to defend my sport… dance, so much. To know me is to know that I have no problem with defending the endurance, strength, and determination that we dancers possess. I also explain how injuries can and do happen to dancers because we go hard for hours on end! It does always end in a good discussion and understanding.
It is great when I am defending on the basketball court and I am the fastest down the court and when the ball is going out of bounds, I save it inches from the line with perfect posture and core strength! Or when I jump high hand up to tip the ball in my teams favor at tip off or just being light on my feet in Volleyball.
Dancers are athletic and in training, exercise our muscles overall. We get conditioning that many football players have taken ballet classes to get.
As a competitive dancer, we work together as a team to learn our parts and to execute the choreography just like learning plays in a playbook.
I remember once being told by a coach, who played hockey growing up, that he took tap class to help him with hockey as a kid. He has defended the sport of dance along with me.
Dancer’s bodies are worn out weekly! We come home to icing our knees and buying special socks, like Sugar Sox, to help throbbing feet.
There is no argument in my mind that dance is a sport and dancers GO HARD!