‘Boxers and Ballerinas’ is the brain child of Brian Roche, East Lancashire ring legend, and Opera singer Sean Ruane. The unique performance was created when boxing hopefuls and dance divas met to create a unique performance. The act was created at Roche’s gym in Burnley, and combines classical music, pugilism and rap.
Workers at the Prince’s Trust hope to take the new pioneering initiative nationwide as a way of bringing young people together. A series of workshops have been devised for 18 to 23-year-olds by Brian and Sean along with Rishton’s Mark Felix, word’s strongest man, and former SAS soldier, Rob Edmonds, who is also trainer for ITV’s The Biggest Loser.
Under the banner of Sean’s campaigning scheme, CHANT, standing for Communities Harnessing and Nurturing Talent, and Get Started, a Prince’s Trust programme. They started each day with vocal and physical workouts. Sean is excited to be working with CHANT on the idea of bringing sport and music together with the Boxers and Ballerinas scheme.
He went on to explain the similarity between the arts and sports as they both require the same type of talent, dedication and application. The fact that everyone is working in unison has delighted him. Brian, Mark and Rob bring together knowledge of their own particular areas, which works well.
In Lancashire, the Getting Started scheme has previously concentrated on drama, football and outdoor pursuits. Many major sporting events, inclusive of Rugby League finals and football internationals, have enjoyed operatic performances by Sean.