Watch Peter Boal Trash-Talk as Pacific Northwest Ballet Makes Good on Their Super Bowl Bet with Boston

And you thought you’d never see ballet to Celtic punk music...

PNB artistic director Peter Boal

As we’ve discussed, one of the things we enjoy most about Super Bowl Sunday is watching the teams’ hometown dance companies get in on the competition. This year, before the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots faced off in Super Bowl XLIX, Pacific Northwest Ballet posed a challenge to Boston Ballet on social media: the losing team’s resident ballet company had to perform a dance to an iconic song of the winning city.

Showing off his dancers' athleticism...

The results are better than we could have hoped, especially considering Boston Ballet’s social media fans chose “Shipping Up to Boston” by the Dropkick Murphys (a very loud, very non-ballet Massachusetts-based Celtic punk band, if you are not familiar). PNB dancers rose to the occasion, however, donning Seahawks gear (minus one rogue Packers fan) and showing off their skills—plus a little smack talk—to fulfill their end of the bargain. The football score may have said otherwise, but this definitely makes Seattle winners in our eyes.

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