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Updated on October 17, 2014

I recently posted an article that asked the great question, "Is Dance a Sport?"

This article outlined the parallels between dance and other sports and in it, showed that the similarities of dance and sports are just as apparent as the differences. However, for my followers, I wanted to make it clear that Lai Rupe's Choreography strongly agrees that though dance is a sport, it is also a beautiful art, that reaches levels of emotion that no other art can exemplify.


"A true dancer is able to move with their body and dance with their soul." ~Lai Rupe

Some may argue that saying dancing is a sport, is degrading to the beauty of dance. The fact is that dance is a sport. It takes hard work and physical exertion to be able to compete and perform as is necessary to be a talented dancer. However, by saying that dance is a sport does not detract from the fact that it is also extremely artistic and takes more than just physical exertion to truly be successful.

Dancers who excel are not just the ones who are talented, they are the ones who give 100% of themselves and dance with their entire heart and soul. Passion is what makes a dancer impressive!

What Makes Dance an Art?

From the article, "Is Dance a Sport," we learn why dancing should be considered a sport due to the physical exertion and competitive drive dancers offer. However, what makes dance an art?


Define: ART / noun: art; plural noun: arts; plural noun: the arts

1. The expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form.

By strict definition, art is described as the visual expression of imagination, which is exactly what dancers do.


Visual Art

The visual aspect, is the movement of a dancers body. Dancers use their arms, legs, feet, and face to create a rhythm between ones body and the music. They control their body to create beautiful and elegant leaps and turns, exemplifying the visual beauty of flight and power.

The movement of a persons body is known to be an art as it creates pictorial illustration within each progression of movement.


Expression Art

The expression of imagination, is the creative choreography dancers originate. This is done to different music and allows them to show their inner thoughts, telling emotion stories that come from the soul. This type of expression is what really sets dance apart from other sports. No other sport can tell such a powerful emotion, within their physical exertion.

Dancers however can select a song with intense lyrics or harmonies and create corresponding movements and facial expressions. When this happens, the sport of dancing is taken to a completely new level and new world, as the dance routine can now effect an audiences spirits and inspire other humans to make a difference. Dancing can create emotions in those watching, which is what makes dance such a beautiful art.


"It may take an athlete to dance, but a true dancer is an artist."

~Lai Rupe

Some may argue that dancing is not a sport, because it is only artistic; others may say that it is so artistic that calling it a sport is degrading. The truth is that dance a both an intense, physical sport, as well as a beautiful, emotional, and inspiring art form. Dancers work out their bodies to be in top physical shape, so they can perform movements and tricks that can translate into an inspiring expression of emotion.

What do you think? Is Dance an Art or a Sport?

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Alaina Rupe (Professional Choreographer)


Have any dance questions, concerns, or topics to discuss? Don't hesitate to reach out to Lai Rupe's Choreography. I am here to spread the beauty of dance.

Also, feel free to check out the article, "This is Why We DANCE!," to fall more in love with dance and connect to dance quotes from some of the best dancers out there.

Thanks for your LOVE and Support!
~Alaina (Lai) Rupe


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