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Writers, please stop referring to any combat (martial arts, duels, what have you) as "dancing".  

Combat is unpredictable, unrehearsed, and inexplicably influenced by everything from experience, to weaponry, to landscape, to a chance breeze or a flash of armor.  I don't care how well matched your opponents are, or how good they are, or what ninja brotherhood trained them.  If your fight is "like a dance", then it's BORING.  Because clearly the opponents are so evenly matched they're just going through the motions and not actually into the vital struggle for their lives/honor/glory.  

There is one time when it is acceptable to describe a martial act as "like a dance": when someone is practicing sword forms, taigi, kata, or the like.  These are essentially choreography.  But the moment you throw in someone else -- even if they know the exact same "choregraphy" -- that all goes to hell.  And even in the case of something that requires a partner like taigi, no one is ever the same as the next.  Steps get misplaced.  Timing gets nailed or missed.  Hands slip.  Armor flashes.

In summary: describing any fight as a "dancing" is lazy writing.  It makes me want to hunt you down and DANCE WITH YOU.

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