Meet 8-year-old Canadian Noah Young, who's been taking hip hop for a year and playing ice hockey for three. At a recent game, someone BRILLIANT filmed Noah keeping himself (and the crowd!) entertained during breaks in the hockey action:
As if that wasn't already cute enough, here's Noah teaching his moves to a couple of players on his local pro team, the Brampton Beast:
I predict a bright future for young Noah—maybe as a founder of the brand-new Olympic sport Hip-Hop Hockey?*
*Hip-Hop Hockey is, tragically, not (yet!) real. I made it up. Hey, a girl can dream, right?
For years we've heard about football players taking ballet classes to improve their flexibility and agility. It's a trend I wholeheartedly support—I'm sure ballet can do amazing things for football players. (And, OK, a tiny part of me just can't resist the image of a linebacker sidling up to the barre.)
It sounds like hockey players might be the next group of ballathletes (I tried) to emerge. Apparently a struggling Swedish ice hockey team is now counting on ballet classes to pull it out of its slump. The Malmö Redhawks' new trainer says that by improving the players' balance and coordination, ballet classes could actually help them skate faster—and body check more effectively. You read that right: body check. Cool! I think we just discovered reason #3493874957 why ballet is awesome.