i'm a professional dancer, and i can tell you point of fact that most athletes cannot do what dancers do, but that dancers take atheleticism and make it art. yes, we are athletes - we are more than that, in fact.
case in point:
during one performance i had to climb down a ladder with my back against the wrungs using only my hands. some baseball players said they could do anything i'd done, because they were athletes and i was just a faggy dancer. their coach overheard them and required them to take our beginner class for a week. they couldn't get through the warmup. they said they weren't dancers, and to see if we could keep up with their "demanding" regimen. of the 12 dancers (11 female and me), 9 came across the finish line before a single baseball player did. you have one guess as to who came in first place, and who then went in to take class and followed it up with 4 hours of rehearsal... it was the male dancer.