Leading stars have said public funding should not be withdrawn from arts groups simply because they cannot prove their ‘relevance’ to the modern world. The row comes after the Arts Council announced earlier this year that theatres, dance… Ballet dancers are leading a backlash against plans to force Britain’s arts scene to become more diverse, the Sunday Telegraph has learned. Senior ballet executives, meanwhile, fear they will have to drop crowd-pleasing productions like Romeo and Juliet and the Nutcracker because they tend to attract white, middle-class audiences. Many dancers believe the plan threatens artistic freedom, it is understood. One described it as the “deathbed of true creativity”.