Hamrick rehearsing Port Rouge in St. Petersburg. Photo courtesy Hamrick

Choosing music for your first-ever choreography commission can feel daunting enough. But when you're asked to create a ballet using the vast discography of the Rolling Stones—and you happen to be dating Stones frontman Mick Jagger—the stakes are even higher.

So it's understandable that as of Monday, American Ballet Theatre corps de ballet dancer Melanie Hamrick, whose Port Rouge will have its U.S. premiere tonight at the Youth American Grand Prix gala, was still torn about which songs to include.

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ABT corps dancer Melanie Hamrick will be taking a leave of absence from the company's spring season, but for the best reason possible: She's working on her own ballet. Her piece is set to premiere in March, and will feature music curated by Hamrick's longtime boyfriend, Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger (cue the moves like Jagger puns).

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As ballet nerds, we love when celebs fess up about how dancing fits into their fitness routine. Who’s the most recent to reveal his dedication to the ballet barre? None other than Rolling Stone lead singer and notorious bad boy Mick Jagger.

 

In an interview with Q Magazine, the 69-year-old rocker divulged the details of his intense fitness routine. “I train five or six days a week. I alternate between gym work and dancing, then I do sprints, things like that. I’m training for stamina,” he says. A good thing, since the singer is estimated to cover over 12 miles during a typical stage show!

 

Jagger also told the magazine he runs several miles a day, swims, kickboxes, cycles and practices Pilates and yoga. Of all his fitness practices, though, he swears by ballet to help his balance.

 

While Sir Mick didn't mention what inspired him to pick up a pair of ballet slippers, a recent biography mentions his back-in-the-day buddy buddy-ness with ballet legend Rudolf Nureyev—who may have had more moves like Jagger than we'd originally thought.

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