Fun fact- Did you know that dancers practice between 5- 10 hours a week? That’s a lot of work for them to do. In practice, you need to make sure that you have all the steps right, all of the counts right, and especially the choreography right. Practice makes dance a sport because all other sports have practice to make them better. That's what dance does to you if you work hard.
The word athlete is defined as “a person trained or gifted in exercises or contests involving physical agility, stamina, or strength.” Dancers need a lot of strength to jump high, turn without falling over and keep up with the dance overall. Daily training is needed to keep a dancer’s strength up. Sit-ups, running, push-ups, and
There, we complete drill after drill after drill to perfect technique. We practice all of our dances multiple times, and at the end, we drill all of our jumps, spins, and turns. Classes last hours, all with little time to rest in between dances. This is to build stamina. Dancers are required to keep the appearance of energy up on stage, so that they can complete the dance well without seeming tired.
Once you get the trick, you want to flip in or flip out of the trick. Making you improve at skateboarding even more. In skateboarding there is constant improvement; whether it be doing grinds, gaps, ledges, stairs, or flatground. You can set a goal to learn and perfect a new trick every week. When you're skating with friends you try even harder than when skating by yourself.
Colorguard or winterguard is a sport of the arts that can be performed by all genders, and of all ages. It is a performance based activity that utilizes dance movements, hand-eye coordination, technique, and talent. Despite being ostracized sometimes by the ignorant people at school, colorguard has shaped me into a better person through keeping me active and in shape, giving me amazing best friends, and teaching me discipline. Color guard is a strenuous activity that involves a lot of cardio such as running and dancing with flags, sabres, and rifles. Because of colorguard, I was able to exercise to my full capacity even to the point of feeling like passing out.
A knot in my life was formed by a couple of terrifying events that happened in the past. My knot is a mental block for a skill in gymnastics. On the balance beam I have a fear of doing back handsprings. I have fallen multiple times on my back handsprings on beam, but a few times they have lead to injuries. At gymnastics practice on December 8th, 2017, when we had a meet that weekend, I did a back handspring on beam which didn't really end well.
I know from first-hand experience that athletes can become bored, tired, and all out frustrated when training for long periods of time. In the sport of rowing, it is year-round training, which can become quite overwhelming and long. While the fall and spring are the two seasons of racing, the summer and winter seasons are when the rowers are putting in the meters perfecting their technique and stroke, to ensure that they are at their best come racing season. The winter season is the most grueling season of all to a rower; it is the time of the year when you have to sit on an erg, (an indoor rowing machine), look at a wall with a clock staring back at you, and row for meters on end while you just go back and forth on the machine. This can become the hardest thing to do as a rower.
This amount of time isn't including choreography camps or dance camps which are set dates in which the teams routine are made and they need up to five days for that and all the days are at least six hours long since the routines are so complex. Also not included in this is the time it takes to drive to competitions which are usually out of state and are on both saturday and sunday. On competition day athletes must show up at least two hours early to meet and warm up to compete and then they must wait for awards which can be up to two hours after a team competes. All cheerleaders have summer training where the athletes get ready for next season so they can move up a level in competitive cheer or move up to varsity in school
We stunted at almost every game, and cheered at every game all season. Without Ms. Traska pushing us to be the best we could we wouldn't have done as much. People were always impressed when they saw us perform. We practiced everyday and never gave up. This experience taught me that even when something gets tough, I can overcome it.