Thursday 27 February 2014

Dance Studio Equipment: An Olympic Investment?

Fresh off the Olympic Winter games in Sochi, with visions of snowboarders and and ice skaters dancing in your heads, perhaps you have felt a fresh motivation to excel in your chosen sport. Having seen first-hand what commitment and dedication can accomplish, you have determined to invest more time in the studio and have renewed your commitment to eat right, sleep well, and train hard.

Perhaps you have also have taken time to consider your opinion regarding this old debate: should dance be recognized as an Olympic sport? 

During the London summer games in 2012, Dance Spirit Magazine fostered an online discussion regarding this exact question. The feedback they garnered proved an interesting read:

Pretty much everyone agreed that dancers are athletes. But is dance a sport? On the “yes” side, several of you argued that dancers in many styles already compete—they’re already judged on theoretically objective criteria. Often, they’re even awarded gold, silver and bronze medals. And top dancers definitely work as hard as Olympians. On the “no” side, there was a lot of discussion about the subjectivity of artistry. (Dance Spirit)

Of course, no one in their right minds would claim that dancers are not athletes. Dancers train harder and maintain better muscle tone and coordination than athletes of many other (seemingly "harder") disciplines. In addition to acquiring technical skills, dancers must also maintain an air of grace, elegance, style, and flair. 

Whether or not you think dance should be recognized as an Olympic sport, surely you agree that quality dance studio equipment is a smart investment. If you are looking to upgrade either your home studio or professional studio equipment, please feel free to contact us. We look forward to providing you with the tools that you need to excel.

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