May 15, 2009

Real Men Jete



I saw that phrase from a shirt once and I thought it was amusing. Anyway, Billy Elliot just won the NYC Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical. Presenting the award to director Stephen Daldry is Ethan Stiefel. Yes, Cooper Nielsen himself from Center Stage! Mr. Nielsen is a principal dancer of the American Ballet Theatre and is currently the Dean of Dance at the North Carolina School of the Arts. Born in Pennsylvania coal country, Mr. Stiefel, himself is sort of a Billy Elliot. Check out his touching intro and the letter he reads from a young dancer in Utah. It's very touching.

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