WE ALL COULD BE DANCING TO A NEW TUNE
BALLET barres may not yet have been installed at Lord’s, but the MCC have joined the Royal Academy of Dance in promoting ballet and cricket in local primary schools under the banner of Project B.
The idea is to show school children the connection between sport and dance, and to challenge stereotypes of cricketers and dancers – more boys being encouraged to slip on demi-pointes and more girls emboldened to strap on the pads.
Royal Ballet Principal Dancer and cricket enthusiast, Alexander Campbell, is the RAD’s Ambassador for the project, while Charlotte Edwards, former England’s Women captain, will support the venture as the MCC’s ambassador.
The match-up might seem barmy to some, but cricketers have already shown their natural aptitude for dance with the success of Mark Ramprakash and Darren Gough on Strictly Come Dancing.
This probably aims to be a bit more high brow, though if it ends with T20 being played in tutus it might just also be the future.