It’s called “The Big Dance,” for a reason, though this might not be exactly what the NCAA had in mind. Basketball and ballet are more similar than one may think. Both require years of practice, skill and…pointe shoes? March Madness might be making us crazy, but it seems this year’s athletes came ready to dance in more ways than one.
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Of course ballet will help any athlete to jump higher, run faster, and stretch longer. It coordinates and refines fine motor skills, improves dynamic balance and spacial awareness. BUT you must find a teacher who is not eager to make the males dancers into a cavalier for their Nutcracker production, and understands anatomy and kinesiology.
Following in the footsteps of many great athletes, one of my ballet teachers started ballet lessons to improve his football game, while playing for Alabama. He decided ballet was more challenging and pursued that career after his football seasons ended. Not only was he physically able to outmaneuver most of his peers, he created a career in dance that lasted a lifetime, something that most athletes cannot claim.
Now I pass along his courage and our inspiration to my students and maybe to YOU!