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Boys in Dance

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Be a dancer

Be a dancer
We want to break down stereotypes to show that dance is just as physical and demanding as many sports and is not just something that girls do.

We issued a challenge to boys and men all over the world to be part of Project B. We believe that dance is for everyone, regardless of age, sex or ability. 

As our Male Dance Ambassador, Iain Mackay, former Principal at Birmingham Royal Ballet, created choreography to engage boys and men of all ages and abilities with dance. This drew on his experience as a dancer, a teacher, and as a father.

Iain adapted the ballet vocabulary, drawing inspiration from classical ballet movements to other aspects of popular culture.


In 2017 we partnered with Marylebone Cricket Club on a new primary school project aimed at encouraging more boys to do ballet, and more girls to play cricket.

Over a six week period, the project used dance and sport to explore:

  • coordination, respect and fielding
  • agility, balance and batting, and
  • communication, teamwork and bowling.

Royal Ballet Principal, Alexander Campbell, was the RAD Ambassador for this project. One of the Royal Ballet’s brightest stars, Alexander is a talented cricketer and was actually faced with the difficult choice between a career in dance or cricket:

“As a passionate supporter of both ballet and cricket, it is with great excitement that I am to be involved as an Ambassador for this project. Cricket and ballet were a huge part of my life growing up, and continue to be a huge part of my life today. They are fun and engaging at all levels, and I am absolutely delighted to have the opportunity to introduce children to my favourite artform, as well as my favourite sport.”

Find out about Alexander's love of cricket.