Silly things non-dancers say

Well, IMO soccer is way more athletic than ballroom.
That would depend on how you define and weight the general physical fitness skills each sport requires and at what levels. Then there's longevity to consider. That being said...

The funniest thing I ever saw was a professional Latin dancer's bare legs; he didn't have any. I swear my calves were bigger than his thighs. So if I ever feel over-powered by sharing the floor with the pros I just pull that little image back up and smile. I do met-cons with weights that would pin them to the floor.


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Thanks for that, Wolfgang. Don't want to start a nineteen-page tangent *hint hint* but this current conversation reminds me of the time a professional power lifter started lessons at the ballroom studio I attended at the time. Leaving aside, for a moment, the fact that all the women loved him and more than a few signed up for personal training. (Yep. Really legit personal training. Get your mind out of the gutter. :wink: :lol: ) The power lifter guy got winded easily compared to the more experienced/aerobically fit dancers, was super stiff, and had major problems with both frame and gentle/flexible leads.

Every sport is different and may require a different skill set. Different skill sets != more or less athleticism, IMHO.

And all righty then ... BOT, anyone?


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Well, IMO soccer is way more athletic than ballroom.
well, it's one thing to run around a pitch looking like a gorgeous, sweaty brute, but quite another to run around a ballroom with an air of blissful non-disturbance. :rolleyes:

i think the nature of these two different kinds of athleticism is different, and elite ballroom athletes are no "less" than soccer players just because their excellence is of another type. IMHO...


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Indeed. That's primarily what I disagree with. Soccer and dancing have very different types of athleticism, but when you get right down to it, professional athletes are well-trained in their field and no less "athletic" than any other professional.

For the record, I want to see him try ballroom.


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Frankly, I think the argument about which sport is more athletic is a silly one. What's the point? They all have different purposes.


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Seriously. I mean, define "fitness." Even different STYLES of ballroom require different types of energy.

Of course, the fittest people I know gallop racehorses (exercise them) for a living. *shrug* I don't get into contests with them about who has the harder sport. I've galloped on a track with an old slow horse where I know the brakes (if not the steering) work. I'd rather skate for two hours. A race-fit two-year-old could probably rip my arms off.


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In the same vein from the same young man, "I bet I could beat you all in a dance-off!" Ah college, where the testosterone rages and the students try to slay their inner laziness.


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interesting how that all varies depending upon perspective...I teach fitness and I frequently find my lessons to be of equal or greater workout...I take several shirts to m lessons and almost cannot walk after the two hour drive home...granted, I take three hours of lessons at a time, but, I do find a good deal of it to be sense of it is that most folks think dance will be far easier than it least really good dancing

and even though I do compete, I am never asked if I compete....I am always asked if I teach...


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Outside of dance, people who don't dance ask me if I compete. At dance, new folks at parties often ask me if I'm an instructor... I am actually flattered they would ask, since it indicates that at least I've made some progress in the time I've been training.
yea...still different...outside of dance most people aren't even aware of competing in general, let alone asking with reference specific to least, not IME...inside of dance, they all know I compete and don't teach...shrug...interesting to see how unique each experience is thing they do all ask-- if they know I have competed-- is; "did you win?" which as always interesting to have to try to answer because I rarely dance less than 70 events...I have danced twice isn't a yes or no answer :)
I invited a few people to my last comp, my mom included. Every one of them asked me what time I danced. All you can tell them is what time it starts. The day before they asked again what time do you dance. Heck, I dont know, I am dancing 72 heats it starts at this time.
Then comes the question, what is a heat? (sometimes I replace heat with entry, seems to be less confusing). thing they do all ask-- if they know I have competed-- is; "did you win?" which as always interesting to have to try to answer because I rarely dance less than 70 events...I have danced twice isn't a yes or no answer :)
All to familiar, I got this question as well!


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"Well, I can guarantee you that [insert sport here] is more athletic than dancing." :roll:

This came from a young man who was quite proud of the fact that he was an excellent soccer player and runner, but had never taken any formal dance classes.
A movie several years ago. I think it was "Mad about Mambo" in which a Northern Irish soccer-playing lad started taking dance lessons because a Latin American player recruited into a European team mentioned that dance steps improved his playing.

Though in a Science 80 magazine article (from 1980, not surprisingly; while still in publication, the magazine would update its title for the new year ... very excellent magazine!), the issue about aerobic exercise and weight loss was examined. Turns out that if you simply diet, then the body goes into starvation mode and holds on tight to the fat cells that it has, making weight loss virtually impossible. The secret turned out to be to change your activity level so that your body's "fat thermometer" would get reset to carrying a lesser amount of fat. And it was aerobic exercise that would do that. But aerobic exercise required at least 20 minutes of what is now termed as "cardio". That article specifically mentioned dancing as not being aerobic, because the motion was not continuous for at least 20 minutes. Though I suspect that they were looking at dance performances and not social dancing. Still ... .

Several years ago at a local Lindy venue, I was conversing with a younger Chinese woman whose mother had previously attended and with whom I had danced. She told me that her mother was shocked at what the dancers were doing, and kind of provided a glimpse for what dancing was "back in the day". "You crazy! You dance every dance!" Nowadays, the dance itself is why we're out there. But "back in the day", when her mother was dancing, it was a social event, not a dancing event. You would sit back and socialize and then maybe once every third or fourth dance you would go out there and dance. The emphasis then was on the socializing, whereas the emphasis now is on the dancing itself.

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