I never normally partake in these discussions. I have no idea what ratio of home grown artists versus foreign ones are employed in the UK, Germany, US etc, nor do I care. The Royal Ballet Upper School has long been seen as the best bet for getting into the RB, BRB (Sadlers Wells in my time) But for years graduate dancers have done the tour of Germany, which used to and still does, have many more state funded opera houses than the UK. Others joined smaller touring companies and later, with more experience under their belts went on to dance with Northern Ballet, Cullberg etc Now, with the advent of the internet and budget flights of course the ballet world has become smaller. I'd never heard of many European schools 30 years ago, let alone found the opportunity to fly to different countries and audition. Ballet is international. For all those students at RB, ENB, Elmhurst etc who don't get a contract with the associated companies, well maybe 20 years ago, that might have seemed 'end of story'....Now they can audition all over the place. Look further afield to Eastern Europe for example, there are plenty of British trained dancers employed. Please lets not enter into an unnecessary discussion about who is better, and why. Every company has it's merits, as does every dancer. And lets not forget that the vast majority of extremely talented dancers may not have the opportunity to dance for the 'Big' houses. Ballet is International, but in terms of physique, luck, being in the right place at the right time, having the 'right look for the contract the company needs to fill, it is, as so many other professions, elitist........I have no idea about football.