Ballet Training For Athletes 1957

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    Central London.

    M/S of a dancing studio in the Royal Academy of Dancing. A group of " promising young athletes" dressed in tracksuits stand by the bars preparing for a "special training session". C/U of a woman sitting, pulling on ballet shoes. C/U of three women removing their sweatshirts. C/U of Dorothy Tyler, "the amazing high jumper", sitting on the floor. C/U of Vic Matthews, British decathlon champion, removing his tracksuit top. M/S of four women removing their tracksuit bottom to reveal shiny P.E. knickers, tilt down to their bare legs. C/U of elderly ballet instructor, Andrew Hardy. C/U of a woman folding her tracksuit over the bars. M/S of the athletes, all from different British clubs, walking from the side of the room to begin their ballet lesson, part of an experiment to improve athletes' performances conducted by the Specialist Clubs Committee - "clubs such as 'The Whip and Carrot Club' for international high jumpers".

    M/S of Hardy standing in front of the bars. The athletes take their positions at the bars and, following Hardy's instructions, bend their knees. M/S of three athletes and Tyler doing knee bends. The narrator explains that "hurdlers particularly have shown marked improvement of performance". Hardy goes up to a male athlete and helps him straighten his back, he then instructs Tyler to lift her chin. C/U of a young female athlete. C/U of legs bending. C/U of male legs bending. M/S of Hardy and the athletes standing on tiptoes. The instructor helps one of the male athletes lift his leg onto the bar and touch his nose to his knee and then stretch backwards. M/S of the backs of three athletes with the legs on the bar. Hardy helps a female athlete with her posture. She turns to watch Hardy as he demonstrates leg swinging with much grace and flexibility. M/S of three suited onlookers making notes on clip boards. M/S of three athletes swinging their legs. C/U of swinging female legs. C/U of a female athlete's legs, tilt up to her bottom and back. C/U of the same athlete's face. C/U of another female athlete's hips swinging.

    M/S of the onlookers - "members of the Specialist Clubs Committee, including the middle A. A. Gold, senior 3 A's High Jump coach and on his right Peter Hildreth the Olympic Hurdler". C/U of Hildreth. M/S of the class and instructor balancing on one leg. C/U of wobbling legs. Tilt up to a female athlete's face.

    M/S of the piles of tracksuits in the corner of the room. The athletes having finished the session, get dressed. C/U of Matthews, tilt down to the badge on his vest which reads, 'British Universities'. M/S of the class dressing.

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    01:26:16:00 / 01:29:32:00
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    Ballet Great British Workout FRY - health
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