Dance is a Sport!

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    Jul 07, 2007 4:00 AM GMT
    I think Real Jock site should include "Dance" as a sport. It's competitive and it's physical activity.

    What do you think?

    Let's talk all things dance here. I want to learn some new moves, so if any guys out there would like to share video of your fav style, let's work together!!
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    Jul 07, 2007 3:52 PM GMT
    I agree that dancing a good sport and excellent physical activity, but not sure it could be competitive. I mean, how can we have 2 male dancer dancing a salsa and how to do we keep score. It will be very intersting , though.

    As a Latino , you must be more aware of all those dance move salsa, rumba, maringue. Dancing is really fun. I just love the disco era of 70's Saturday Nite Fever , You should be dancing by Bee Gees (excellent song).



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    Jul 07, 2007 11:33 PM GMT
    NOOOOOOOOOO

    DANCING IS NOT A SPORT.

    IT MAY BE PHYSICAL but its not a game or sport. There are no real rules for dancing and there are so many different types of dancing.

    Basically Dancing is not a type of sport, it is its own category...DANCING.

    There is no faster or stronger dancer.

    I think classifying dance as a sport undermines its ability to be its own activity.

  • chuckles

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    Jul 07, 2007 11:54 PM GMT
    I would say I have to agree and disagree with can_duathlete. As a professional dancer I do not think that dance is a sport. It's an art. There's also recreational dancing that we all do, but still I don't think of that as a sport.

    There are dance competitions held all over the world, and there's different competitions for every style of dance. You have jazz, ballroom, latin, ballet, contemporary, and other competitions. However, the key thing here is that in each one there is a score for artistry. I feel like that can be very subjective. Everyone likes something different about someone's dancing.

    On the other hand I do think dancers are athletes. Just like athletes, dancers are required to perform precision moves at a very high level of performance, and it's expected to be the same every time. And yes, some people are faster movers and higher jumpers than others. Every dancer has their forte in their field of dance. The trick is making everything look as good as the things that come easily to you.

    As for the rules of dance...yes there is no 4th down or innings like sports. But there are rules within the techniques of different dances. If it's wrong it's wrong. In ballroom you have the placement of the partners arms. In ballet you must maintain proper body alignment. If you watch So You Think You Can Dance you'll hear all of these things all the time.

    Anyway, bottom line is; Dance is not sport, but dancers are athletes.
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    Jul 10, 2007 2:22 AM GMT
    Rules rules rules...

    But why? What makes a sport a sport?

    Let's take ironing for example. Why the hell would "Ironing a shirt on a floating device" ever be worldly concieved as a sport? And what about "Wife Carrying"...

    This is ridiculous!! If those activities are openly accepted as a "Sport", then I ask again... WHY is Dance not a sport?

    Teams, Leagues... You don't need to have a group of people competing. Skateboarding is done solo, and it's still a sport - extreme, but a sport nonetheless.

    I suppose those who participate in the underground "dance off" would say differently. It's its a phsyical competition that determines a winner and a loser by certain standards of decorum, then it's a sport... that's my opinion.



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    Jul 13, 2007 3:39 AM GMT
    Today I saw a Hot Dog eating contest on ESPN...

    I thought that network was for sports...???

    Funny, huh...
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    Aug 17, 2007 9:47 PM GMT
    I agree with dancinchuck. I don't really think dancing is a sport but dancers are very much athletes.

    Trained dancers work very hard to develope technique, flexibility and body stength/conditioning. Being a professional dancer is like being a professional athelete. There's training, practice and physical injuries.

    The demand on the body is crazy intense and a dancer's career is relatively short, just like an athlete.

    I use to dance professionally and I always thought it was weird that while danicng was not considered a sport, ice skating/dancing is.

    I also recall a dispute regarding dancing as a sport in the Gay Games. Again, dancing isn't necessarily a sport but dancers are athletes.
  • MikePhilPerez

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    Aug 17, 2007 10:06 PM GMT
    I don't know about it being a sport or not, but I would love to be able to dance.

    Mike
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    Aug 17, 2007 10:32 PM GMT
    It's a great workout, MikePhil. As much as I hate to admit it, ballet gave me the best workout with regards to strength/conditioning and flexibility. I say I hate to admit it, because I never considered ballet fun. Looking back, it really taught me decipline and control. It does wonders for your balance too. You end up with a very strong center.

    For cardio, I really liked African dance. Of course going out to the clubs and dancing can be fun too but it's not the same thing.

    If you have a dance studio in your area, you should check it out. :-)
  • MikePhilPerez

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    Aug 17, 2007 10:37 PM GMT
    "If you have a dance studio in your area, you should check it out. :-)"

    jorel1, I was thinking about it, but not ballet :) Anything but that :)
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    Aug 17, 2007 10:43 PM GMT
    Hmmm - I don't really have a dog in this fight one way or the other but dancinchuck, by the criteria you described, figure skating wouldn't be considered a sport either. Thoughts?
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    Aug 17, 2007 10:50 PM GMT
    MikePhil, you'd probably enjoy a jazz class more than ballet. Try that for starters.

    Gigaram, that's the confusion for me too, along w/ ice dancing. They are both part of the winter olympics and are considered sports.
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    Aug 17, 2007 10:54 PM GMT
    I agree with Dancinchuck, dancers ARE athletes.

    Just like dancing though, Figure Skating, IMHO, is not a sport either despite it being the most highly viewed televised 'sport' in this country (Canada) when there isn't any hockey on the tube.
    Then again, I don't consider Golf to be a sport any more than dart-throwing.
  • MikemikeMike

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    Aug 18, 2007 6:26 AM GMT
    hmmm do dancers train, practice, compete and win medals/trophys etc. ??? I think the answer is yes. I can dance, but not a dancer here. What do y'all think???
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    Sep 09, 2007 4:52 AM GMT
    I'm a swing dancer and also a rockabilly jive dancer and if you've had a nite out doing these dances you's think it was a sport!
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    Sep 09, 2007 5:44 AM GMT
    MikePhil: Start with ballet and branch out from there.

    Almost all forms of taught dance are based in ballet. Not just the movements, but the positioning and transitioning as well. You wont get away from ballet vocabulary even in a hip-hop class.

    Taking a session fo ballet to start is the abosulte best way to get into dancing. From there Jazz, hip-hop, or modern are a breeze/not really... but they are much easier.
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    Sep 09, 2007 2:13 PM GMT
    LOL...I think FormerFatso got you on the Hot dog eating contest Duathlete...LOL...hard to argue with that one...LOL!!!!
  • Salubrious

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    Sep 09, 2007 2:22 PM GMT
    I think part of the definition for a sport is the use of an objective scoring system. I'd put dancing, figure skating and the like as athletic competitions.
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    Sep 10, 2007 3:37 AM GMT
    I would say that dancing is a physical activity that can help your physical fitness. All "exercise" doesnt have to happen in a gym.

    I did lots of country-western dancing at our local gay c-w bar. Boy, was it ever fun. And work out??? We burned calories like crazy spinning around that floor!

    And this is an exercise where you get to hold the man in your arms while you are doing it. ;-)
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    Sep 10, 2007 7:46 AM GMT
    Calson states: "And this is an exercise where you get to hold the man in your arms while you are doing it. ;-)"

    Well... In my view, that, right there, makes it the gayest "sport" of all!
    Besides, RJ isn't all about sports anyway. It says, also, in smaller type, "gay fitness community".

    Heck, if one needs to swear allegiance to a REAL sport to qualify as a REAL athlete and be considered as a REAL JOCK, then I make a motion that RJ be renamed REAL SWELL JOCK.
    The SWELLS being the studs that exercise their 'game' with Power, Skill AND Grace.

    As can_duathlete stated: "...Dancing is not a type of sport, it is its own category...DANCING."

    If this is truly a 'GAY fitness community' then it should re-word "sports I like:" to 'physical activities I like:'.

    10 cents per dance. Lessons free.
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    Sep 10, 2007 8:58 AM GMT
    I only have a quarter. Can you make change?
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    Sep 10, 2007 9:34 AM GMT
    No, I haven't. Pity.
    But, for the quarter, I can make the hubby jealous, Mister.
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    Sep 10, 2007 9:40 AM GMT
    what about synchronised swimming, isn't that an olympic sport?
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    Sep 10, 2007 9:46 AM GMT
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  • MikemikeMike

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    Sep 11, 2007 6:15 AM GMT
    True Dakuk, and what about curling. That is an Olympic Sport. The slide a stone down a court like shuffleboard and another guy uses a broom to sweep in front of it. Not really a sport in my opinion. It's like Bocci ball, horse shoes or lawn darts- more like a hobby not a sport in my opinion!