Boys doing ballet in Singapore

Meet Singapore’s aspiring Billy Elliot.

Eleven-year-old Kenzo Seah (pictured above) won an award in the finals of the Youth America Grand Prix, a prestigious student ballet scholarship competition billed as the world’s largest.

In the finals in New York two months ago, the Singaporean clinched the second prize in the pre-competitive category for boys aged nine to 11. He performed a 76-second variation from the ballet La Fille Mal Garde.

As part of his prize, he was offered a scholarship to attend a two-month dance programme at the Berlin State Ballet School in Germany. More than 5,000 hopefuls reportedly vie for scholarships in the competition every year.

Kenzo, whose enthusiasm for ballet recalls the Billy Elliot character in the famed movie and stage musical,…

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