Ballet and Football: Like Pliés and Jetés, Meant to Be Together
Strength. Stamina. Quick direction changes. Giant leaps.
So…are we talking about ballet or football? Could be both!
The list of professional athletes who’ve benefited from ballet is a long one. Pittsburgh Steelers defensive lineman, Steve McLendon; NHL goaltender, Ray Emery; and former heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield are just a few!
Ballet increases flexibility and improves coordination. In 2014, the Dallas Cowboys installed ballet barres outside the locker room for stretching purposes to help prevent injuries.
Take a look at Nathalia Arja, Principal Soloist with the Miami City Ballet, with New England Patriots tight end, Robert Gronkowski, in a “ballet lesson.”
Steve McLendon also talks about how ballet has improved his football game in this video. I don’t know how he fares on the gridiron, but his glissades are pretty good!
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Trip the light fantastic, dancers!