Ballet instructor Rebecca Leonard puts members of the London Olympians, an American Football team, through their paces in Crystal Palace, London. She was hired to help them with their flexibility as inspired by the Disney film, The Game Plan
Jean-Claude Van Damme is one of the most popular action movie stars and also a great karate fighter.
“Ballet is an art, but it’s also one of the most difficult sports. If you can survive a ballet workout, you can survive a workout in any other sport.”
– Van Damme
A lesson in body control for Adirondack Thunder hockey team
“Control of the body is a key in athleticism, and no one has more control of their bodies than dancers. The strength and flexibility exercises in dance correlate directly to what our team does on the ice.”
- Cail Maclean, Head Coach & Director of Hockey Operations for the Thunder
Marathon runner cross trains with ballet
Along with swimmers, hockey players, elite and amateur athletes, Toronto marathon runner Cory Pagett has been studying ballet for the past five years.
Rehab was a six-day-a-week job that started around 8 a.m.
One of the most effective forms of rehab? Ballet.
“Actually, that was amazing,” Emery said. “I had the bone out of my lower leg and it was the ankle flexion that was giving me problems. Doing a workout entirely on my tippy-toes -- the stretching, it was tough. But it was good for my lower legs.”