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Leeds's own Billy Elliott prepares for homecoming

Leeds's own Billy Elliot is coming home to roost after landing one of the dance world's top roles.

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Dominic North, born and raised in Menston, has toured the globe in countless productions.

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His latest part – playing the prince in Matthew Bourne's acclaimed all-male Swan Lake – is one of his most prestigious castings to date.

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After a UK tour, which next month includes The Alhambra in Bradford, the production plays in Greece, Korea and Japan.

Dominic, now 26, used to fit ballet lessons around playing rugby and football.

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He told the YEP: "I mainly did modern jazz and tap then my teacher recommended trying ballet. I also went to hip hop at the Yorkshire Dance Centre. Ballet just helped other forms of dance."

And if the 10-year-old was teased by other boys for his hobby, he'd reply: "At least I get to see girls in leotards!"

Dominic started dancing at the Nydza School of Dance, Bingley, before leaving for London at 18 to train at the Central School of Ballet.

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He joined Matthew Bourne's company six years ago and has starred in various productions including The Car Man, Nutcracker! Dorian Gray and the role of Edward in Edward Scissorhands.

He has also appeared on Dancing with the Stars in Australia and Harry

Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

But the role of Prince is the highlight of his career. "I never imagined myself doing this. It just came about and I have been lucky enough to be offered it."

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Now based in London with his girlfriend, Dominic is looking forward to seeing family and friends in Leeds.

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The tour to West Yorkshire will also be a blast from the past for the

Swan of the production Jonathan Olliver who was principal of the Leeds-based Northern Ballet Theatre for eight years.

Dominic has already got a chunk of the seating booked up for family and friends.

"Mum and dad are very supportive. I have got 100 people coming to Bradford. It's quite special coming back. A few people come down to London to see me but it's nice to come home."

Since its 1995 world premiere at Sadler's Wells, Matthew Bourne's version of Swan Lake has become the longest running ballet in the West End and on Broadway.

 
 
 

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