It is a passion of Monnow Ballet to get boys to see past the old ‘football is the only option’ and to follow their dreams.
It is interesting to know that Rio Ferdinand was a promising dancer and at the age of 11 won a scholarship to the Central School of Ballet in London. He divided his time between dance and football, and has admitted that he was too embarrassed to tell his team-mates he was studying ballet. He says that ballet helped him develop as a footballer as he had to improve his balance and timing.
At Monnow Ballet, boys are encouraged to attend as many boys only events as they wish around the country. Some boys dance purely for fitness and fun, others are more serious.
So far, present or past Monnow Ballet’s male students have been accepted at Tring Park School, Royal Ballet associate classes and Elmhurst School for Dance.