Wednesday, 22 May 2024 - 12.03 pm

Anyone for Ballet?

The beautiful game - A Football ballet by English national balleDid you know that Rio Ferdinand won a scholarship to the Central School of Ballet before becoming a pro footballer?

Did you see the English National Ballet perform ‘The Beautiful Game’ in 2008, depicting iconic moments in footballing history?

Can you imagine QPR training with the English National Ballet in 2003 and placing centre-half Danny Shittu in a tutu?

Did you know that Wimbledon’s ‘Crazy Gang’ trained with a ballet group – Vinnie Jones famously performing his version of ‘Nutcracker’ on Paul Gascoigne?

….Or that former Manchester United striker Dion Dublin used ballet techniques to help injury recovery?


Then get along to see ‘Home Turf’, which receives its world premiere at Sadler’s Wells in September.  Sadler’s Wells Creative Learning Department is teaming up with West Ham United Foundation for a community dance production inspired by football, performed by a team of 100 professional and non-professional dancers, aspiring footballers and alumni of the National Youth Dance Company.   Jumpers for goalposts?

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