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.) 🙂