Dance lessons 'important as English and maths', says Royal Ballet choreographer

Dance education should be considered as important as lessons in maths and English, according to the resident choreographer of the Royal Ballet.


Wayne McGregor, who served as the government's first Youth Dance Champion from 2008 to 2010, said the physical intelligence learned through dance should be seen as of equal value to academic studies.


McGregor, who was the first choreographer to come from a contemporary dance background when he was appointed to the Royal Ballet in 2006, told BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs: "I think we have always done ourselves a bit of a disservice in the arts to say that arts are supplementary to maths and English.


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