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22nd January 2013 <b>Gazza</b> Weeps

Footballers dancing may be a strange sight, but it is starting to become a growing trend amongst professional footballers. England captain Rio Ferdinand won a five-year scholarship to the Central School of Ballet before becoming a professional footballer and Former Manchester United striker Dion Dublin used dance to aid his recovery from a career-threatening injury.

Over the last 6 weeks Calderdale College Dance student Carrie Gledhill has been teaching 6 female and 6 male footballers from the Calderdale College Football Teams to dance as part of her final year project.

The group, named the Mean Machines will be performing what they have learnt at the two live performances called ‘Gazza Weeps’ on Monday 28th January.

Her study aims to prove that by having an extra dance technique training session as well as their football session footballers can:

  • Improve their flexibility and aerobic endurance. Through dancing they are learning to control their limbs and use muscular contraction to manipulate their bodies to enable them to focus on game play and potentially create a better result and minimise mistakes.
  • Improve their confidence, self-esteem and in some cases mental health.

Back in August David Cameron spoke about Dance not being a sport. By looking at scientific principles and correlated statistics Carrie Gledhill, Calderdale College Performing Arts student wants to prove David Cameron wrong: “In just two classes the skills and routines provided the footballers with strength, flexibility and the endurance to perform well at the same time as improving their fitness.”

All staff and students are welcome to have a go and train with the group. Come and train with Calderdale's Mean Machines from 10.30am-1pm on Monday 28th January in the One Centre.

Come and watch 'Gazza Weeps' a live dance performance by Calderdale's Mean Machines in the Empty Space Theatre.

Matinee Performance: 1pm-2pm
Evening Performance: 7pm-8pm

All proceeds will go to the British Heart Foundation.

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