Ice dance is personally my least favorite of the ice skating disciplines. I’d much rather watch the men do breathtaking triple axels or the pairs do a graceful in synch spin than try to discern exactly why the judges liked someone’s quick step better than another couple’s jive.
But I don’t see how this is any sillier than some of the other things we call sports. In soccer you can’t use your hands to touch the ball and who the hell doesn’t like to touch a ball? I’ve been watching baseball for decades and I probably still don’t know some of the rules. Curling? The “sport” for out of shape people. Luge? Is that Swedish for how to kill yourself? Ski jumping? Looks like nothing more than something someone once did on a dare when really, really drunk.
Is ice dancing any less a sport than dressage where I daresay even half the audience in the stands doesn’t know exactly what’s going on? Any less silly than beach volleyball or table tennis? Any less corrupt than cycling where Lance Armstrong has been defrocked because someone finally spilled the beans on his drug use? Any less well judged than sports where victory is measured in a nearly ungraspable thousandth of a second?