Ballet-loving boys still face some stigma, but there’s precedent for the story of Billy Elliot, a kid raised in a rough-and-tumble English coal-mining town who longs to dance. Edward Villella, once America’s most powerful and masculine ballet star, a sex symbol before Baryshnikov reached our shores and now director of Miami City Ballet, was the son of a trucker. As a kid, he was so embarrassed to be taking dance lessons that he wore his baseball uniform to class and walked up to the studio door backwards, so he wouldn’t appear to be going in. Coming of age during the prolonged coal miners’ strike of the 1980s, facing fierce opposition from his father and older brother, young Billy has it even harder. But naturally, he fulfills his dream. And while the show is sentimental, it is also — without sugar-coating its portrait of a struggling and dying community — big, beautiful, and... More >>>