Dance as Sport: Dancers are Athletes Too!


By Susan Angell-Gonzalez

Susan Angell-Gonzalez is the Director of the Texas State University Strutters, the largest synchronized dance team in the U.S.  On Thanksgiving morning, everyone will have an opportunity to see the Strutters in action, as they perform at the 86th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, which will be televised on NBC, live from New York, 9:00 a.m. to noon.  Be sure to tune in early and check the Strutters out as they “strut” their amazing athleticism on national television.  Ms. Angell-Gonzalez is providing a guest post today on the inherent athleticism of dance.

There is controversy that exists as to whether dancers are “athletes.” As a professional who has coached thousands of skilled dancers in a span of 37-years, I believe that all dancers are athletes, but not all athletes are dancers.  The skills performed with their bodies demand strength, agility and balance.  Dancers play like a…

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