Rhetoric Rants

Everybody has an opinion, and everyone is entitled to it, therefore you should use it. Whether it’s a matter of drinking Coke or Pepsi or something huge like why there should be a woman president, you should always speak your mind. Someone might even agree with you, and if you make a convincing argument, they may even switch their beliefs based on how strongly you believe in your opinion.

I personally don’t have strong opinions about a lot of things, only those I’m very passionate about. In my English class, a unit was dedicated to learning how to write effective persuasive speeches or “rhetoric rants”, using rhetorical devices and certain propaganda techniques to convince your reader. I decided to write about dance, being something that I have been very passionate about for as long as I can remember. More specifically, I wrote about how many people refuse to consider that the art of dance can also be a sport. Being a dancer, it may seem biased to argue that it is both an art and a sport, but I added facts that support my case. After sharing this with some of my classmates, I got them to believe in what I was saying, and I felt very accomplished, so now I will share it with you and see if I can do the same.

Dance Is A Sport!

The biggest debate between dancers and non dancers is whether or not dance is a sport. People say it is not a sport, and that it’s an art. Others argue that it is both. I’m one of those people who argue that it’s both. People who are uneducated about dance are quick to judge and say that it is not a sport. They say this because it’s not like football or soccer or swim or any “regular” sport. To everybody who claims dance isn’t a sport, what defines a sport? A sport is an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment. In dance, you compete like in any other sport. Instead of playing on a field or in the water, you perform on a stage. You still accumulate points. Maybe it’s not the same because you’re being judged for those points but it’s just as hard to work to get those points. Dancers practice just as much as players do when they prepare for a game or competition. A sport requires exercise. You exercise in dance. You build muscles just like in any other sport. You sweat just like in any other sport. It takes all your energy just like in any other sport. It’s not easy to hold your leg to your head or balance on one leg for minutes while spinning or get up from the ground without using your hands. Sports are also apparently supposed to have uniforms. Well, dance has uniforms. A uniform is just an identifying outfit worn by the members of a given profession, organization, or rank. Your costume is your uniform, worn by everyone performing and competing. But why would clothes even define what’s a sport?  Many of these arguments can easily be proven wrong just as I have done. So tell me again how dance isn’t a sport? Pool is considered a sport. Chess is considered a sport. So is dance not considered a sport? In the end, dance is many things. Dance is an exercise. Dance is an art. And dance is a sport. A professional dancer, Shanna Lafleur, once said “It takes an athlete to dance, but an artist to be a dancer”. Dance is graceful like an art and athletic like a sport.

Any thoughts on my very informal but informative rant? Anything you’re passionate about and want others to know about it? Comment and let me know what you think.

-Sabrina C.

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