Dance is not a sport. The famous playwright Peter Shaffer, once said that acting is like "being naked on stage with your skin turned inside out". The same goes with dance in my opinion, because dance is acting; a form of theatre. When i am on stage i feel emotion-Pain, anger,happiness,remorse,guilt,etc......in order to portray the character and his emotions. On stage, the technical aspect of dance becomes secondary. When you are on that stage it your job as a performer to make the audience feeling something. when they watch you, they should be able to recognize themselves on that stage. If the audience walks out of the theater, thinking about how great of technical skill the dancer posessed, then the dancer has not fully done his job. Theatre reflects life, it should be a window into our soul. for example, in Giselle, if the audience does not feel any emotional connection to Giselle or Albrecht, then the ballet is pointless. When I dance a role, I not only work on the technical skill required, but on the character. I make sure that I know the human being i am portarying because if i dont know, then for sure the audience will not know. Also, a choreographer CREATES something, just like a painter or a composer. The rules are not layed out to a choreographer.
When we think of the greatist Artist of our era: rudolf nureyev, erik bruhn, margot fonteyen, Mikail baryshnikov, balanchine, tudor, merce cunningham, chuck green, nijinsky, fokine, ashton, soili arvola, leo ahonen, petipa,ailey etc, when we think back on these people, we would not say that they were the greatist athletes of their time, no......we would say that they are some of the greatist artist who ever lived. Sports do not posess the same aims as art. There is no winner/loser in art at its truest form. Every art form requires some form of technique. Painting, music, theatre, etc.......all require some form of skill, but that does not qualify it as a sport. it is only the nesesary tools to enable you to achieve your aims as an artist. dance is not a sport.