DancePartner.com Poll

Weight vs Skill

Is proper weight more important than skill?
Only slim/athletic people look good dancing
8%
9
4%
8
6%
17
Dancing should be for everyone regardless of bodytype
58%
63
66%
120
63%
183
You will never compete if you have extra pounds.
0%
0
1%
1
0%
1
Rhythm and talent are much more important!
33%
36
29%
52
30%
88
Votes: 108 Male 181 Female 289 Total
Member Comments
Dancing should be for everyone regardless of bodytype
First of all it should be fun!
Rhythm and talent are much more important!
This is a stupid statement if you are familuar with dancing
Dancing should be for everyone regardless of bodytype
If you have legs of any description you can dance
Rhythm and talent are much more important!
Rhythm and talent are felt and seen once we quiet the mind, these two important givens are born with us, they are only silenced by the mind, the thinking, so, shut up and watch how you can dance! We all can!
Rhythm and talent are much more important!
I have danced with ladies who were overweight that made a man forget all that by following like angels. Great following and a pretty smile make a woman a joy to dance with.
Dancing should be for everyone regardless of bodytype
Kind of a baited question to get people to respond. How about a light and fun question like, "What's your favorite color to wear when going to a dance, and why that color? (or favorite outfit?) ...Something like that.
Dancing should be for everyone regardless of bodytype
Not everyone is looking to compete, and many slim/athletic looking people have two left feet.
Dancing should be for everyone regardless of bodytype
Being healthy and consistent perfect practice are all anyone should be concerned with.  The question posed a false dichotomy.  Shame on you dancepartner.com.
Dancing should be for everyone regardless of bodytype
No one should be excluded from the dance community, but having rhythm, a love of music, enjoying practice (learning steps and developing floor craft) also contribute to being a good dancer and being a fun person to dance with.
Rhythm and talent are much more important!
We all have preferences
Rhythm and talent are much more important!
I think dancing is for everyone but rhythm and height will make the experience more  interesting
Rhythm and talent are much more important!
Height and weight are definitely factors in a partnership, but not as important as rhythm and talent.
Dancing should be for everyone regardless of bodytype
Although I personally prefer dancing with slim/athletic people, dancing should be for everyone regardless of body type.
Dancing should be for everyone regardless of bodytype
Kind of a silly and leading question. Seriously, is anyone going to say "Only Slim / Athletic people look good dancing"?.
Rhythm and talent are much more important!
Honestly I think it’s what natural energy you have in your body to move if not being healthy/athletic does help with speed, rhythm, and technique.
Rhythm and talent are much more important!
With that said, slim/athletic people do look better dancing.
Rhythm and talent are much more important!
Dancing is great for everyone.
Dancing should be for everyone regardless of bodytype
Dancing is one of THE most healthy, & sharably intimate art forms I've yet run across. (Albert Einstein School of Medicine has studied this against a lot of other kinds of exercise as well, & then there are the psycho-socio-emotional components that maybe someone has measured? Going in for a competition for example, produces the same levels of cortisol stress as your first parachute jump, each and EVERY time! Being judged is rough indeed). If you don't have a friendly place & person(s) to dance with, that can be almost the lonliest experience as well. True, I've never seen national finals comps with obese body types--6 to 10 heats of maximum exertion takes conditioning. My only peeve, is when someone has lost track of their mirror & wants you to do the jitterbug or jive at the same level as someone who still has their core...that's like the big belly guy who wants a bathing beauty on a dating site. There IS such a thing as a MATCHING couple in this & many other aspects of life, after all, that is, if you want the optimal synergy level, don't you think?
Dancing should be for everyone regardless of bodytype
Joy is a birthright.
Rhythm and talent are much more important!
Stupid question.
Dancing should be for everyone regardless of bodytype
You don't need to be a certain size to enjoy the sport! Passion of dance comes in all shapes and sizes!
Dancing should be for everyone regardless of bodytype
My experience is that most people love to dance with those that love to dance.
Dancing should be for everyone regardless of bodytype
My friend is obese and a bronze D. She always wins in multiple categories. Fantastic dancer.
Dancing should be for everyone regardless of bodytype
If you like moving your body to music. Then dancing is for you regardless of your weight or size.
Dancing should be for everyone regardless of bodytype
I was at a dance party the other day and a hefty guy began dancing and I thought, "Wow. He's a great dancer." On a cruise, I saw a very elderly lady come into the nightclub using a walker. But she and her husband were able to dance together without the walker.

Dancing is fun and size isn't a barrier as long as you're healthy enough to move your body. That means almost everyone can dance.
Dancing should be for everyone regardless of bodytype
Dancing is about movement and balance
Dancing should be for everyone regardless of bodytype
As far as professional competition goes I haven't seen any overweight competitors. I could be wrong. Maybe it has to do with the level of agility to execute multiple spins, splits etc. As far as social dancing goes, I don't think it matters. Just have fun with it.
Dancing should be for everyone regardless of bodytype
oh geeez that was the most arrogant statement i have ever made and i apologise.
Dancing should be for everyone regardless of bodytype
Of course everyone would like to be fit, but that's not reality. Dancing is fun and great exercise.
Dancing should be for everyone regardless of bodytype
sad if people are judged by there size, what if the same person you villify due to there size was the surgeon standing over you on operating table, would you say no thanks your to large or to thin. every single person on this planet has a skill, irrelevant of size
Rhythm and talent are much more important!
A healthy BMI is more important for functionality and to accomplish highest athletic performance possible.
Poll contributed by Susie1973

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