Classical Ballet: An Art or a Sport?
Dancing is clearly an artistic endeavor, but it also requires great physical skill and puts great physical demands on the body. With the amount of training involved in preparing for a performance, and the stress and intensity of that performance, one could argue dance has similar qualities, intensities, and time intervals as a sport.
Training for dance consists of bursts of varying intensity exercise followed by periods of lower intensity or rest. Professional dancers typically train for multiple hours every day. Performance consists of longer periods of demand on the body than training and dancers generally experience higher heart rates, but still in shorter intervals than one would think of an endurance sport.