Two gifted ballet dancers to perform in talent show

First published in Runcorn and Widnes World: Photograph of the Author Exclusive by , Chief Reporter

THE search for ‘Billy Elliot’ has found not one but two gifted young ballet dancers.

Harry Dutton, aged 11, of Ascot Avenue, Runcorn, has been chosen to perform a solo routine, ‘Electricity’, from the famous musical, after an appeal was made in The World.

Ben McCurry, aged nine, of Sutton Weaver, staged such an impressive audition, a dance in Bugsy Malone has been specially created just for him.

Rob Littler, aged 53, of Norman Road, Runcorn, who runs Victoria Music Group, and is co-ordinating the show, said: “Ben was so cute and dedicated, we had to find a place for him. He was a little small for Billy but too big a talent not to include in what is a showcase for local people.

“Harry’s freestyle dancing was wonderful. He is a really talented young man.

“These boys are living the dream.”

Harry’s mum, Jane, a nurse, said: “He was four when he started a dance class. He loves ballet and tap.

“He is so excited he got this part. He is constantly tapping his feet, he can’t sit still.”

Harry, a pupil at The Heath, attends the Elliott-Clarke Theatre School in Liverpool every Saturday and hopes to study dance at GCSE.

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Ben’s mum, Nikki, a warehouse manager, said: “Ben has always loved dancing, from being a small toddler.

“Whenever we put music on, he’d be dancing around the house.

“He has a real flair and natural rhythm.”

Ben, a pupil at Hill View, Beechwood, attends Scarlets Dance and Drama Academy in Wicksten Drive every Saturday.

Tickets for ‘Encore, A Journey Through A Hollywood Musical’, on October 25 and 26, are now available, priced £8/£6 from The Brindley box office on 0151 907 8360 or online at


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