Billy Elliot was originally a movie that was turned into a musical by Elton John. It’s the story of a boy who pursues his dream of being a dancer despite fierce opposition from his family and community. Tajo saw the musical on Broadway and immediately decided he wanted to be a dancer, too. Here’s a terrific number from the stage production.
Tajo’s dream is to be accepted into a really good ballet school, and one of the best is the School of American Ballet (SAB), located in New York City’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. The SAB was founded by George Balanchine and Lincoln Kirstein, two of the most influential figures in American ballet history. These men also co-founded the New York City Ballet. Graduates of the SAB often go on to major careers in ballet and other fields of dance. To encourage more boys to dance ballet, the SAB offers a cost-free program for young boys interested in ballet. The video above offers a terrific look at the program and the work it takes for a young person to develop into a professional dancer. Ballet is an extremely disciplined and physically demanding art form; the dancers who make their moves look so light and effortless have invested thousands of hours of grueling work to achieve that effect.
Tajo loves to dance more than anything else in the world. He fell in love with ballet when he went to see the musical Billy Elliot, which contains music by Sir Elton John. Ballet is a complex and physically demanding art form that dates back centuries. You can learn more about ballet at the link below.
We still live in an era where it sometimes takes guts for a boy to admit he likes ballet. Tajo can tell you this:: don’t ever be afraid to admit loving the things that move you most deeply.
(Pictured: Tony Award winner David Álvarez from the original Broadway cast of Billy Elliot the Musical.)