FAQ’s and Facts: Top 10 Questions Answered About Dancers and Dancing As a Hobby

Introduction

We think dancing as a hobby is a great way to stay in shape and is incredibly fun at the same time.

You can even choose from a variety of different dance styles or can create your own if you’re feeling inventive.

With that said, there are some very popular questions that keep getting asked about dancers and dancing in general which we thought was worth addressing in this article.

Hopefully, you’ll find the answers entertaining or somewhat enlightening to what dance really entails.


The Most Popular Questions About Dance Answered

1. Are Dancers Athletes?

This is a very popular question and it’s something we’ve mostly addressed in another dedicated article.

With that said, yes, we believe dancers are athletes as it requires serious discipline, sportsmanship, and even competitive elements that most major athletes would be engaged in.

In fact, dance is probably one of the most athletic pastimes as you don’t just need to be physically strong, you also need to be flexible too which can requires years of stretching.

Dancing also requires great coordination (unlike some other athletic pastimes) which means dancers need to be at their physical peak.

2. Are Dancers Artists?

Yes, dancers can be considered artists as dance is an artistic pastime that requires creative input for performances and can be just as expressive as painting a picture.

In fact, the definition of being “artistic” means to have a creative ability which we think most dancers have.

Dance is also categorized under “Arts” when spoken of which further confirms its relevance as an artistic pastime.

3. Are Dancers Strong?

Yes, dancers need to be strong to perform their movements with power, explosiveness, and absolute control.

In fact, most professional dancers practice for several hours each week and may even have a gym routine on top of that which really helps them build some serious strength.

However, it’s important to recognize the different types of strength that are involved in dance compared to something like powerlifting.

Overall, a dancer will be more explosive and probably faster, however, are unlikely to be able to move as much weight as a weightlifter would be able to.

This is because weightlifters train for absolute strength e.g. moving static objects, whereas dancers are training bodily strength, also known as “functional” strength meaning they have better control over their movements.

4. Are Dancers Good Fighters?

Yes, we believe dancers can make good fighters and this is because they’re already well versed in sticking to a disciplined routine and are probably quite flexible which can be advantageous in fighting.

These traits alone will give you an advantage over the average person who has never performed any kind of physical training or who can’t lift their leg as high as you for landing head kicks.

With that said, it’s unlikely that most professional dancers would make the move over to fighting not unless it was a serious interest.

That’s because it takes years to develop your dancing to a high standard, similar to fighting, meaning you’ll have relatively little time to get good in both areas.

5. What are the best martial arts for dancers?

In terms of similarity, Capoeira is probably the closest martial art to dance, however, it’s rather impractical in terms of efficacy in a fighting situation.

With that in mind, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Karate, Taekwondo, and kickboxing are all great martial arts for dancers to partake in as they’ll utilize not just your arms but your legs as well.

For most dancers, their legs will be their strong suit meaning they can use their natural talents to their advantage with these particular martial arts.

Taekwondo and Karate also use lots of high kicks that require good flexibility to pull off meaning you’ll also be at a natural advantage if you’ve been practicing dance for some years.

6. Are Dancers Born or Made?

Some people might be born with favorable traits for dancing, however, most dancers are made rather than born and that’s because it requires years of hard work, stretching, and hours of practice that most people will find hard to commit to.

In fact, most good things in life will only be attainable through conscious, notable efforts rather than simply walking into them.

If you were to be born with anything, then having the ability to focus and stay committed would be the most important attributes, however, we think these skills need to be developed through some experience.

7. Are Dancers Good Actors?

If a dancer is used to performing for others on stage then they might have a slight advantage when it comes to acting over other people who haven’t done anything like this before, especially where nerves and confidence are concerned.

However, acting is a very nuanced skill and there are many more things you’ll need to take note of that dancing won’t have taught you to help make you a better actor.

As with any dedicated activity, we recommend taking proper acting lessons as they’ll be able to up skill you on what you’ll need to know.

With that in mind, you might want to check out our dedicated article about acting as a hobby and how you can make the most of it.

8. Are Dancers Musicians?

No, dancers are not musicians and there’s very little similarity between the two activities aside from the fact that you might dance to a piece of music.

The only transferrable skill we see used in both dance and music is the skill of rhythm; dancers and musicians need to have a good sense of rhythm to either dance to, or to keep in time with when playing an instrument.

If you’re wanting to develop your rhythm then listening to music can help you improve this intuitive skill — make sure to check out our dedicated article about listening to music as a hobby.

9. Are Dancers Usually Short?

Most dancers are usually close to the average height and that’s because it creates a sense of consistency during performances and because there’s a larger pool of potential dancers to pick from.

As well as that, average height dancers are more likely to weigh less than taller dancers which can be an important factor to consider when doing high-risk physical movements such as throws with a partner.

Essentially, if you weigh less or are smaller overall, then you’ll be easier to perform maneuvers with.

10. Is Dancing Easy to Learn?

Yes, there are lots of dance styles you can learn, and many of them are quite easy to get the hang of.

In fact, most types of dance have beginner-friendly skills or movements that you can learn to help you get acquainted gradually.

As with any physical hobby, we recommend attending dance lessons as they’ll be able to coach you in the most suitable way rather than trying to guess what you need to do.

You can also find many helpful videos on YouTube which will also give you some visual examples of what you’ll need to do to perform your new dance hobby effectively.