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Jagger steps out to watch partner's Stones ballet


Mick Jagger

Mick Jagger

Mick Jagger

Talk about your Moves Like Jagger.

Recovering rocker Mick Jagger made a stealth appearance at the ballet, slipping backstage to support his partner, Melanie Hamrick, as she presented her new dance based on Rolling Stones songs.

It was Hamrick's first work as choreographer, with a score arranged by Jagger of three Stones classics: Sympathy For The Devil, She's A Rainbow and Paint It Black.

Hamrick created the short ballet for the 20th anniversary of Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP), the world's largest ballet scholarship competition.

Jagger didn't appear onstage or in the audience.

However, he did greet the crowd at New York's Lincoln Centre on Thursday night via a backstage mic.


"Hi everybody, t his is Mick Jagger here," he said. "I hope you are going to enjoy this wonderful ballet - and the music of course."

The rocker (75) recently underwent medical treatment, reportedly for a heart valve issue, forcing postponement of the Stones' No Filter tour.

Hamrick (31) said later in an interview that Jagger was "doing great, thank goodness".

"It was cute," she said of his visit backstage.

"It was really special that he was there and able to see it.

"It feels good for the dancers when the choreo- grapher and the person who wrote the music are watching you. It gave everyone a special feeling."

It was Jagger who encouraged her to take the plunge when the idea came up for Hamrick to do something with Stones music.

"Mick was, 'Who better than you? You're a professional ballerina, you come to my concerts'," Hamrick said. "It went from there."