IBC instructor was one of Bear’s boys

Marcus Alford, a renowned instructor at the International Ballet Competition, was once a student trainer at the University of Alabama where he introduced ballet stretching techniques to Bear Bryant’s powerhouse football teams.

Grace and athleticism take center stage in Jackson

Marcus Alford is in Jackson teaching and training dance students during the USA International Ballet Competition. But the former student football trainer who introduced dance stretches to Coach Bear Bryant’s football team is much more than that. This week, Mississippi Today photographer Eric Shelton spent time with the graceful instructor and the dancers as these athletes worked on their craft.