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(The New Republic)   What sport did you letter in, dude? Ballet? Oh, that's awesome   (newrepublic.com) divider line 30
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2013-10-14 02:24:34 PM  
Worst letter tutu ever.
 
2013-10-14 03:15:09 PM  
I got my varsity letter in bowling

/true story
 
2013-10-14 03:32:33 PM  
We go together like shamalamalama diddigi diddigi diddigi dong!
 
2013-10-14 03:34:47 PM  
Ballet is awesome

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awesome
 
2013-10-14 03:37:26 PM  
You making fun of Lynn Swann?
I'll get Rosie Greer to stick a knitting needle in you eye.
 
2013-10-14 03:40:10 PM  
What does it mean to "letter" in a sport? Does that just mean you played it, or that you did well in it? Does it have something to do with those jackets with leather sleeves that some people wore back in high school?

/only sport I had interest in was football, but my school didn't have a team, so I just played in the neighborhood
 
2013-10-14 03:40:34 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: I got my varsity letter in bowling

/true story


Swimming, Band, and Academics. Yes, those last two were actual letter 'sports' at my high school.

Girlfriend is a former professional ballet dancer and still teaches ballet. Nooooo complaints about that at all. :D
 
2013-10-14 03:41:02 PM  
Not a sport. Neither is fishing or driving a car.
 
2013-10-14 03:51:59 PM  

skrame: What does it mean to "letter" in a sport? Does that just mean you played it, or that you did well in it? Does it have something to do with those jackets with leather sleeves that some people wore back in high school?

/only sport I had interest in was football, but my school didn't have a team, so I just played in the neighborhood


I think the way they do it is, you have to get a certain number of "points." I lettered in band, and I did enough by my sophomore year to merit a letter jacket. First chair was so many points, playing in jazz band, trying out for region, being a certain chair, etc. It was a long time ago, though. My memories may be fuzzy.

abhorrent1: Not a sport. Neither is fishing or driving a car.


I would classify it with gymnastics & figure skating. They all take an immense amount of strength & training, but the scoring is entirely subjective, which makes it less sportsy to me. More of an art.

Also, ballet if farking hard.
 
2013-10-14 03:58:35 PM  

abhorrent1: Not a sport. Neither is fishing or driving a car.


some people think fishing is more of a sport than anything else (hence, sport fishing... or, sportsman's paradise, which includes hunting).  other people think driving a car is one of the only sports (that hemingway guy said it, but i think he also included bull fighting)
 
2013-10-14 03:59:02 PM  
I dated a ballerina for a couple years.

Good (crazy) times, good (crazy) times.
 
2013-10-14 03:59:46 PM  

Di Atribe: gymnastics


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Di Atribe: figure skating

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Di Atribe: ballet


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I approve of all these activities.
 
2013-10-14 04:04:26 PM  

pute kisses like a man: abhorrent1: Not a sport. Neither is fishing or driving a car.

some people think fishing is more of a sport than anything else (hence, sport fishing... or, sportsman's paradise, which includes hunting).  other people think driving a car is one of the only sports (that hemingway guy said it, but i think he also included bull fighting)


Fishing for tuna is a sport, fishing for trout is not.


/trout fisherman.
//T-26 hours till vacation time
 
2013-10-14 04:16:26 PM  
My daughter will be competing in the YAGP competition this year for the first time. YAGP is one of the few competitions that features classical ballet; most are jazz/contemporary styles of dance. She has always chosen performing with her local studio company & attending summer intensives over competitions but is competing this year since her college is attending. The advantage of YAGP at her age is the opportunity to be seen by company directors & attend master classes.

While the trend has been toward athleticism over artistry, artistry is making a comeback. She trained last year at The Gelsey Kirkland Academy in NYC, which is focused on bringing the art of story-telling back to ballet training. Several other companies are moving away from sending their students to competitions. However, competitions are a big money-making business & that's why the organizers allow children under 12 to compete.
 
2013-10-14 04:40:46 PM  
Thousands study it every year.
Only a handful make it to the actual stage.
Well, stages with out poles.
 
2013-10-14 04:44:06 PM  

vudukungfu: Well, stages with out poles.


did you use a random word generator? 'cause that is English, but it doesn't make any sense....
 
2013-10-14 04:46:56 PM  
Needs more examples of what a Ballet Dancer would look like, and why it isn't a sport.
 
2013-10-14 04:52:45 PM  
My four year old daughter loves taking ballet, but I don't kid myself that she will do it as a career one day.  She does it for fun and as a way to stay active, and that's all I care about.  However, some of the other mothers in the classes are pushy.  It's very easy to see them living vicariously through their kids, and it's sad.
 
2013-10-14 04:56:23 PM  
How about full-contact ballet? That could be a sport, I'd pay to see that. A huge catfight with all those high kicks, man, you could do some real damage. And the muscle guy who throws the chicks up in the air - what if he decides to miss the catch? Floomp! Ah, walk it off, crybaby, we got two points. Hey, suppose Odette and Siegfried actually die at the end of Swan Lake? Now that's ballet.
 
2013-10-14 05:10:15 PM  

BAMFinator: Needs more examples of what a Ballet Dancer would look like, and why it isn't a sport.


Well ok. If I must.


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2013-10-14 05:10:51 PM  
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2013-10-14 05:11:29 PM  
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2013-10-14 05:12:06 PM  
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2013-10-14 05:29:10 PM  
Leap! Leap like you've never leapt before!
 
2013-10-14 05:30:29 PM  

BAMFinator: Needs more examples of what a Ballet Dancer would look like, and why it isn't a sport.


I agree it's not much of a sport, but it's as much of a sport as gymnastics and figure skating that are in the Olympics.

/my level of sport is on three sliding scales
//scientific vs. artistic judgment
///athleticism
////level of engagement between opponents
//ballet scores really well on 2, but really bad on 1 and 3
 
2013-10-14 05:47:56 PM  

The Stealth Hippopotamus: vudukungfu: Well, stages with out poles.

did you use a random word generator? 'cause that is English, but it doesn't make any sense....


It's only a minor typo... He meant "without".
 
2013-10-14 06:54:06 PM  

skrame: What does it mean to "letter" in a sport? Does that just mean you played it, or that you did well in it? Does it have something to do with those jackets with leather sleeves that some people wore back in high school?

/only sport I had interest in was football, but my school didn't have a team, so I just played in the neighborhood


It means you made the varsity team.  Yes, it means you get to buy one of those jackets and put your letter on it.
 
2013-10-14 07:55:04 PM  

skrame: The Stealth Hippopotamus: vudukungfu: Well, stages with out poles.

did you use a random word generator? 'cause that is English, but it doesn't make any sense....

It's only a minor typo... He meant "without".


Why would some build a stage without a pole?!? That makes no sense.

I'm scared. I'm not sure if I want to live in this world.
 
2013-10-14 10:46:59 PM  
I really wish my parents had pushed me towards ballet, and I will push my nephew towards ballet as much as possible: you end up strong, flexible, and svelte, and whether you're gay or straight, you're surrounded by willing and nubile partners.
 
2013-10-15 01:43:32 AM  
Everything is beautiful at the ballet!

/Lettered in Ultimate Frisbee.
//Damn right it's a real sport!
 
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