Dancing as sport

  • jx3fans

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    Jun 09, 2009 2:17 AM GMT
    I am wondering if anyone consider dancing as a sort of sport. I do contemporary and west coast swing on top of my weight training and find them physically demanding at times. What are you guys thoughts?
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    Jun 09, 2009 3:17 AM GMT
    Well some people consider golf a sport, so why not dancing? icon_razz.gif
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    Jun 09, 2009 3:21 AM GMT
    Believe me, dancing technically is a sport. Just not all versions fit into the conpetition mode that fits a sport. But the training does. have been dancing for 30 some years and is an awesome workout, especially for the legs.
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    Jun 09, 2009 4:32 AM GMT
    I agree, it's awesome cardio.
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    Jun 09, 2009 4:44 AM GMT
    Dancers are definately athletes. I dare some of you to try the stuff we do.
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    Jun 09, 2009 6:39 AM GMT
    If anyone thinks dancing isn't a "sport" or a good cardio workout, he needs to come to my Cardio Dance class and I will make sure he doesn't leave standing.
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    Jun 09, 2009 7:54 AM GMT
    Dancing is part of many sports such as gymnastics and ice skating.. Why wouldn't dancing be considered as a sport? It should be... great on cardio...
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    Jun 09, 2009 8:10 AM GMT
    I was recently joking with my friends about going to clubs. I don't drink and always dance the whole night away, a gym with loud music and lights? yes

    Amazing cardio and my abs are the best they've ever been (thanks to my frequent clubbing). I've danced since I was little and I LOVE it. When I was overweight it helped me lose around 30lbs. It's great for legs too!!
  • gettinbigger

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    Jun 09, 2009 8:11 AM GMT
    Its a sport, shit, I don't work out my legs EVER and they are bigger than most bodybuilders my age. .... shit ass lol
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    Jun 09, 2009 10:40 AM GMT
    I agree with you all. It sure is a great cardio. Since I started contemporary, I rarely do cardio on the side but am still able to stay lean. The thing is that dancing is more often than not looked at from an artistic angle and people tend to ignore its exercise value...

    Anyway, what styles do you guys all do? I do contemporary and west coast swing, thinking of going to the states for US open soon, haha
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    Jun 09, 2009 12:35 PM GMT
    To answer your question Jx3, I'm in a small ballet company. We are classically trained in vaganova style. And for my modern dance, I'm trained in Horton and Graham. If you want a good ab workout, take Graham floor work and Horton laterals do wonders for your obliques.
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    Jun 09, 2009 12:59 PM GMT
    You people think this looks strenuous?




    Please...
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    Jun 09, 2009 1:03 PM GMT
    Most def a sport. Ret. Dancer. Studied.
    Graham technique Modern for bit as well as ballet for strength and to increase my extension.
    Major study was The Katherine Dunham technique African Dance, Jazz and Modern. Also studied African Dance from the islands of: The Senegal and the Congo and Haiti
    It does not matter what area of study of dance trust not everyone can do it.icon_biggrin.gif

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    Jun 09, 2009 1:59 PM GMT
    Ducky45 saidMost def a sport. Ret. Dancer. Studied.
    Graham technique Modern for bit as well as ballet for strength and to increase my extension.
    Major study was The Katherine Dunham technique African Dance, Jazz and Modern. Also studied African Dance from the islands of: The Senegal and the Congo and Haiti
    It does not matter what area of study of dance trust not everyone can do it.icon_biggrin.gif



    I can't remember the name of the woman whos workshop I took, but her first name was Ruby. She was one of Katherines first generation students. I remember one of the exercises she gave us was for us to get into a split, faces to our knees, grabbing one foot with both hands and rolling from one end of the room to another. Yeah, that was ONE exercise. icon_lol.gif I loved it as the class had elements similar to african. If its cardio you want, take african dance. And its true, not everyone can do it. A bunch of girls took a required art core class here at Temple University and they were saying so many ignorant things like 'Oh, African should be easy! All I have to do is shake my ass.' Omg, they got the shock of their life! Licon_lol.gifL

    dharnan saidYou people think this looks strenuous?




    Please...


    Don't knock it till you try it. They're alright but don't look pro to me. This seems more for fun. But for industry professionals, this would be a joy to take as their everyday regime is not as easy.

    You can't tell me that dance isnt strenous without having checked out these videos.

    Sylvie Guillem and Eric Vu An in a variation



    Pilobolus - 60 Minutes



    Koresh Dance Company - Preview of Ronen Koresh's 'Evolution'



    Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre

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    Clifton Brown of AAADT - His lines! So amazing.

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    And even with that, dancers are trained to make it look easy. But as the old saying goes, 'It ain't easy being beautiful.' The amount of work it takes to make something look effortless is incredible. There is so much going on in your body all at once.
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    Jul 12, 2009 5:34 AM GMT
    Shake it babe ....shake it...on the dance floor TONIGH!!
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    Jul 13, 2009 10:32 PM GMT
    dance is athletic. period.