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 – dubbed Dance Down the Wicket – used dance and sport to explore:
- coordination, respect, and fielding;
- agility, balance and batting, and;
- communication, teamwork, and bowling.
Royal Ballet Principal, Alexander Campbell, is 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 art form, as well as my favourite sport.”
An Indian adventure
After attracting the attention of the British Council, the Dance Down the Wicket project is now being rolled out throughout schools in India under the name Changing Moves Changing Minds. This project encourages gender equality through sport and dance and aims to enrich the lives of thousands of children.
More information on this exciting programme will be published in mid-2019.