Ballet and Athletes

Training in ballet can give athletes an advantage over their competitors

As a dancer, we are taught that ballet is the fundamental building block of dance. Without ballet training, your development in other dance styles is inadequate. However, as someone who likes outside sports and other physical activity, I’ve noted my ballet training has given me an advantage over other athletes. I might not be better at whatever the sport or activity is, but my performance is stronger than it would be had I not taken ballet. Here are reasons why ballet is beneficial to all athletes.

It enhances your cognitive ability

Ballet classes are very quick paced. You’re learning one combination, performing it, then leaving it behind for the next one, and that procedure repeats for over sixty minutes. The more you’re in ballet classes, the quicker you can pick up anything that’s thrown your way, regardless if it’s a new play before a big game or a new way to throw a strike.

It keeps you on your toes

This is a huge benefit for all athletes who want increased agility. Ballet is all about putting weight in your toes as you move fast from side to side. Your reaction times get faster and sharper, which can assist you in staying on top of your opponents’ decisions.

It instills discipline

Hair code, dress code, behavior: ballet is a world within its own. It’s this meticulous because that’s how dancers will remain focused. We don’t judge ourselves or others based on hair styles or dress. We don’t play with our hair during class to keep it out of the way. That saves plenty of time during class that is put towards concentrating on learning combinations and performing them with precision. It’s not a scary environment. You can still talk with your friends during warm-up and after class. Most teachers let you go over material quietly with a friend.

Why College Athletes Shouldn’t Be Paid?

Don’t they already get enough?

Throughout the years big name college athletes have been attempting to get some cash in their bank account before making it to the pros. What they don’t understand is that college is not a place of work. It is meant to further education for a future career. Also, no college, small or big, has enough funds to pay them. They have to pay coaches, scholarships, athletic directors, and facilities to ensure that the college has the best chance of winning.

Despite the fact that most athletes don’t have funds to get by while they are in college, schools don’t gain enough revenue back from the money that they put into their sports programs. They are already getting a free education with their scholarship, and all the various sports would not be able to be paid the same amount.

The Cons of Paying Athletes

If colleges paid their athletes, there would not be much money for any other things like stadiums and coaches. Colleges don’t have enough money and it defeat the purpose of going to college. If athletes were to get paid, it would give folks a reason to pay other students in the school. If the athletes are paid, why not pay the band members or the drama students who do plays?

It would also make college more expensive. The money has to come from somewhere. That would just make it more difficult for a regular student to attend college. It’s unfair to the other students. Most college athletes are already on scholarships, so why should they be paid like they are pros?

Many college athletes say that since they don’t have time to get jobs that they should be paid by the college so that they can have extra money to spend. What they do not realize is that the average college student is middle class and has to pay their way through college. Most students would kill to have their school paid for and all they need to worry about is their grades.