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Where Ballet Is a Boy Thing
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Author:  salzberg [ Wed Jan 14, 2009 2:32 pm ]
Post subject:  Where Ballet Is a Boy Thing

Yet for all the attention and accolades that have been lavished on the three young actors who take turns playing Billy, let us pause for a moment to praise the Sisterhood of the Tumbling Tutus that is seriously upping the charm quotient of Broadway these days.

The 11 girls — ranging in age from 7 to 18 — are all trained dancers in real life who, for the purposes of “Billy Elliot,” must untrain themselves for each performance and dance with two very left feet. And while it is Billy who takes center stage, the girls have proved enormously crowd-pleasing as they stumble and bump into one another and cause no end of hand-wringing for their stern teacher, Mrs. Wilkinson

More in the NY Times.

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