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The Runcorn and Widnes World
September 20, 2012

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.

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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One Comment

    • Ryan Coxon
    • Posted October 19, 2012 at 4:56 pm
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    Ben is my friend from school and his mum is right everywhere he goes he’s dancing!!!!!

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