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Billy Elliot dancers 'have tough job'
Wednesday, 23 February 2011
Elton John's partner David Furnish has highlighted the physical challenge faced by the young boys acting in the stage version of Billy Elliot.
He is currently producing a show in Toronto, but UK fans of the story can catch a performance at the Victoria Palace Theatre London.
Furnish told the Globe and Mail the dancers face a "tough job", particularly since they must be trained to handle all of the pressures of performing at such a young age.
In his opinion, no youngsters simply grow up already knowing all the necessary skills and dance moves needed in Billy Elliot.
"They're extraordinary kids. They have to be able to absolutely stay focused, stay fit, stay mentally healthy, act, dance, sing and carry a big show on their shoulders," he was quoted as saying.
Billy Elliot, adapted from the film of the same name starring Jamie Bell, tells the feel-good story of one boy's dream of becoming a dancer.