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Simple plie for the devil

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Ballet company members in need of some extra cash, here is a proposition for you – providing dance boot camps for ageing rock stars and teen heart-throbs.

Tabard has discovered a gap in the market for this type of thing after it was reported that boyband member Harry Styles of One Direction recently enquired as to how he could pick up some dance moves like those of Mick Jagger.

The advice he received from Jagger’s trainer was to take up ballet. Apparently, the Rolling Stones frontman – now aged 69 – has been practising the dance form alongside kick-boxing, running and weights. However, it is ballet that has been an integral part of his fitness routine.

There’s no denying that Jagger seems to be very supple for his age, but whether any self-respecting ballet dancer wants their profession to be linked with his, shall we say, individual choice of movement remains to be seen.

For Styles, any lesson that teaches him an appreciation for choreography would be one worth having – he and his band members are known for having two left feet.

One Direction’s workout manager says the ballet-class proposal is ideal for that very reason: “It’s a brilliant art form and will get more grace into his [Styles’] movements – if you’re graceful you can get away with minimalistic moves, which is what their choreography is about.”

Tabard dares a professional dancer to take on the challenge.

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