Tor Constantino makes a case that ballet is not only a sport, but it might be more of a sport than other forms of competition.
I don’t know about you but this country offers a lot of latitude when it comes to sports coverage. First let’s get a definition of the term “sports”—according to the Oxford Dictionary …
An activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment.
Ironically, based on that definition, some of the most widely accepted sports activities wouldn’t make the cut. Is there a great deal of physical exertion demonstrated in billiards, poker or bass fishing? Does competitive eating require a high-degree of skill?
It could be argued that none of those activities qualify as sports; however one activity that suits the aforementioned definition to a tee is ballet.
The competition to be accepted by a ballet school or company is just as fierce as any Division I athletic program. The male and female performers practice, train and eat to develop peak physiques. The effortless grace of the dance requires the highest level of skill.
Yet you would never think of seeing a ballet televised on any channel other than PBS, while the annual hot dog eating championship is televised nationally every July 4th.
You can disagree that ballet is a sport and classify it as an “art form”—but you’d be wrong.
Perhaps the best rationale as to why ballet is absolutely a sport can be seen in the video below, produced by the folks at Under Armor who showcase the sports physical exertion, demonstration of skill, competition to make it to the stage and purpose of entertainment.
Question: Is ballet a sport?