The Sport and Art of Dance

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Many people play sports in their spare time. Some examples include football, basketball, and golf. But the surprisingly difficult sport of dance is commonly overlooked. Shanna LaFleur once said, “It takes an athlete to dance, but an artist to be a dancer.” Dance expresses strong feelings and emotions through graceful or sharp, powerful movement, revealing to the audience every bit of passion behind it.
Countless forms of dance exist in the world. Jazz, ballet, and tap are the most common. When a person thinks of dance, they think of pink tights and tutus. Dance consists of so much more than that. Jazz, one of the most popular forms of dancing, usually consists of a more upbeat and fast tempo movement. The different types of jazz include:
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Numerous dance injuries exist, two examples are provided. A muscle tear occurs when the fibers of a muscle in the body become overstretched. This type of injury usually occurs in a physical sport, like dance. The dancer will feel high levels of pain and eventually a decrease in the function of the injured muscular group. Normally the muscle tear makes popping noises. Icing the injured area decreases the swelling. Torn muscles require physical therapy in order to fully heal. Stress fractures can occur in almost any bone in the body. Dancers’ stress fractures occur mostly in the foot and ankles. A stress fracture starts as a minor fracture or crack inside of the bone. If the pounding pressure continues to be put on the fracture, it could result in a complete fracture. Most stress fractures recover quickly without casts or surgery especially if detected early
Dancers do not expect success, they train and work for it. Camilla Jessel said, "The trained dancer must not only have grace and elegance, but also the leap of an Olympic hurdler, the balance of a tight-rope walker and panther-like strength and agility.” Dance is emotion, intuition; dance is grace, beauty, mixed with the unpredictability of the human body. All people feel and all people move. It is a natural part of human expression. These simple movements embody people’s development, both physically and mentally, as a whole, and an individual. Dance


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