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‘Billy Elliott’ Dances Into Town

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BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Broadway is in Baltimore! “Billy Elliott: The Musical” is in town, and the character Billy schools Christie Ileto on some of the dance moves you’ll see on stage at the Hippodrome Theatre.

The hit movie “Billy Elliott” is coming to life on the stage of the Hippodrome.

“When I saw the musical on Broadway, I thought it was incredible, and I absolutely fell in love,” said 13-year-old Noah Parets. “I thought maybe I could do that someday.”

Parets is one of four children playing the lead, Billy. It’s what he calls the role of a lifetime.

The musical is based on the 2000 film “Billy Elliott,” set in the UK during the 1984 miners strike. The story is centered around a young boy who trades his boxing gloves for ballet shoes.

“Then this gem, this little boy, comes to class and she sees something, a talent,” Janet Dickenson said.

Dickenson plays Billy’s dance teacher, who helps Billy pursue his dreams.

“Dancing! I just love to dance; it’s my favorite part,” Parets said. “We have the same passion for dance.”

Noah tried teaching Ileto his dance moves.

“I quickly channeled my inner ballerina–until he asked me to do a move called ‘fouette,’ something he does on stage. In French, ‘fouette’ means ‘whipped,’ and based on how I’m twirling, I think those fouettes whipped me,” Ileto said.

“I’ve definitely messed up, but I don’t get nervous,” Parets said.

Parets is a pro, unmoved by nerves. He’s dancing, singing and acting his way across the country, one show at a time.

The musical is playing at the Hippodrome until Dec. 30. The next stop for the cast is Canada.

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