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    Meet Billy Elliot: Alessandro Frola

    Note: Alessandro’s final show as Billy in the Italian Tour production of the show was on 7-Feb-2016.

    Debut: May 5, 2015 (Rome, Italy)

    Total Performances as Billy: 102.5 (Includes one partial show credited @ .5)

    Alexandro Frola ThumbAlessandro Frola was 15-years-old (D.O.B. = 9-Mar-2000) upon his debut on 5-May-2015. He is from the Italian city of Parma and was the 96th actor to professionally debut in the role world-wide. In Parma, Alessandro lives with his mom and dad, Lucia and Francesco, and his older siblings — sister Zarah and brother Lorenzo.

    Alessandro began studying dance at the age of three-years-old at the school Professione Danza Parma, which is directed by his parents.

    Since 2010, Alessandro has received professional training in acting, singing, and dance (contemporary, jazz, ballet, etc) and also acrobatics.

    In 2008, at only eight-years-old, he won his first dance competition and was recognized as Best Male Dancer. Since 2009, Alessandro has won scholarships to attend classes at the summer school of the Royal Ballet in London.

    In 2012, he won the semi-finals of the Young American Grand Prix (YAGP) as a soloist and as a partner and, in the process, won a scholarship to the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School of the American Ballet Theatre in New York.

    Credit: Video by Professione Danza Parma

    In 2013, he again won at the YAGP in New York and was invited to dance the pas de deux in Giselle at a gala called The Stars of Today Meet The Stars of Tomorrow. In that same year, he won first prize in the Alassio dance competition and an invitation to perform at Danzainfiera, Italy’s largest dance festival.

    ale (resize)In 2014 he won various national competitions, including the Grand Prix “Ciudad de Barcelona”. On that occasion sculptor Richard Macdonald dedicated a statue of him, giving it to the city of Barcelona in memory of his performance.

    In 2015, Alessandro won the third prize in the pas de deux, in the Tanzolymp Berlin competition, where he was also awarded scholarships to study at the English National Ballet in London and Staatsballet in Berlin.

    In February of 2015 he was invited to dance in the Fille Mal Gardee at the Gaudeamus gala in Maribor Slovenia against participants from some of the best dance schools in Europe.

    After more than a month and a half of casting of children between 8 and 14 years old, including about 1,200 aspiring Billys, Alessandro was asked to attend a call back audition for the role of Billy Elliot, after which he was named to play the lead role in this Italian version of the show produced by PeepArrow Entertainment and The Sistine Theatre.

    Besides his good technique, Alessandro’s dance teachers have always appreciated and noticed his ability to convey happiness and serenity while dancing.  At the gala in Slovenia, superb Kirov Ballet dancer Yelena Pankova complimented Alessandro’s performance telling him his happiness and enjoyment at being on stage was so obvious. In an interview with Spanish television during a competition in Barcelona, he was asked: “Why do you dance?” And he replied, “Because when I dance I’m happy.”

    On 9-July-2015, it was announced that Alessandro was the recipient of the 2015 Fliano Prize for his interpretation of the role of Billy Elliot.  The award was presented to Alessandro at the Arena Theatre “Gabriele D’Annunzio” of Pescara on Sunday 12-Jul-2015. The awards committee related that the prize was being presented to Alessandro for his “moving portrayal” of Billy Elliot.

    On 10-Jul-2015, Alessandro appeared on an Italian TV show called l nostri angeli performing Electricity for an appreciative studio and home viewing audience:

    Credit: Video by PartiallyGeorge

     

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