Howick and Pakuranga Times – Tuesday, 07 June 2005

ROTATING between sprigged boots and black slippers is a weekly reality for eight-year-old Scott Allright – but he’s no sissy.

Scott Allright is happy on the dance floor or the rugby pitch. Photo supplied.

Part of the Pakuranga under-9 Orange side, the Howick schoolboy enjoys the rigorous of training and matches – a stark contrast to the poise needed for the ballet routines and rehearsals needed for his three roles in a production of The Little Mermaid, on stage later this month.

While some may regard a male involved in ballet as effeminate, Scott’s rugby coach, Phillip Morrow, believes ballet could help boys improve hand and eye coordination plus on-the-field skills,

“If this is what they want to do, go for it,” he says.

Howick Dance Studio principal and Scott’s dance teacher Sharon Barber agrees boys would benefit from physical and emotional confidence through dance.

Asked about being teased, Scott answers:

“That’s okay, they have a problem not me! Why not give it a go first?”

He reckons ballet has helped him become a better player, both in the lineout and with his footwork.

Auckland Rugby Union football manager Mike Elliott said kids often follow or take up several different sports and to his knowledge have not had any problems juggling the two. Scott has been playing rugby for Pakuranga since he was 5-years-old.

In September 2004 he achieved his Royal Academy of Dance Certificate accredited in England at Primary Level with Distinction. Now he is aiming for Grade 1.

“Scott’s attitude and determination to enjoy his activities is admirable. In the past year an awareness and acceptance from parents, especially ones whose own boy may show an interest in ballet has been refreshing,” said his mother Desirée.


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