Ballet is a sport!


By now, I am sure that a lot of dancers are familiar with being told the phrase, “Ballet is not a sport.” Most people don’t understand how difficult dance is to master, and how many years of training it takes to be a dancer! There is, in fact, a football player; Steve McLendon; that had said that ballet is the hardest thing that he had ever done. One of my favorite quotes is, ‘ Ballet is the strength of a football player, Ballet is the flexibility of a gymnast, Ballet is the agility of a soccer player, Ballet is the hardest thing I have ever done.‘ Ballet is not just flexibility, it is not just agility, and it is not just emotion or strength, it is a combination of a great verity of sports that create the word; ballet.

Want to try a day at dance?

-Try lifting your leg as high as it would go to the side, and hold it for one minuet on both legs; Make sure that your leg is as straight as it can do, pull up in the thighs, and point your toe as hard as it can go.

-Jump rope for 3-5 minuets is probably equivalent to the amount of jumps we do in a day at dance.

-Slide down into your splits and hold for one minuet on both sides

-(For the men) Lift something above your head that is more than 90 pounds and hold it for one-two minuets is probably the amount of lifting a male dancer does in a day.

This isn’t even half of what a professional likely does in a day! A professional’s day is most likely tripled or doubled depending on the amount of shows or classes they have! Do you still agree with your statement??? “Ballet IS a sport.” (Don’t ever forget that.) 🙂


Author: Maysa Rose

Professional trainee ballet dancer who loves poetry, photography, traveling, two parrots (Kiwi and Olive), blogging, and living life to the fullest. ~Maysa

4 thoughts on “Ballet is a sport!”

  1. I love that quote! It’s so true! People who think ballet is easy need to come to bring a friend week at my studio! One time years ago, my friend who is pretty athletic started crying it was so hard! Not only is ballet a sport, it is an art form. 🙂


  2. Exactly! Most people overlook the amount of work that it takes to become a dancer, ballet especially. As a dancer, you are SUPPOSE to make it look easy on the stage, so the title that dance receives is “easy” when really, it is not easy at all! People don’t get to see how many hours you spend in the studio and how many days a week it takes of rehearsals before the dance goes on the stage. Beyond that, it takes years of training to master ballet, and it is truly the hardest thing that I have ever attempted to do!! 😀


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