Note: Bito’s final performance as Billy in the Village Theatre (Issaquah & Everett, WA) production of Billy Elliot The Musical (BETM) was at the Everett Performing Arts Center on July 30, 2016.
Debut: May 19, 2016 (Village Theatre – Issaquah, WA)
Total Performances as Billy: 21 (No partial shows)
Bito (Jacob) Gottesman was 13-years-old (d.o.b. = 6-Dec-2002) upon his debut as Billy and is from Mercer Island, Washington. Mercer Island lies in Lake Washington between the cities of Seattle and Bellevue. He is in the 7th Grade at Mercer Island Middle School.
Bito began dancing at the age of five, and has studied at several dance studios in the area. When he began dancing, he concentrated on the hip hop genre of dance. He eventually branched out, even starting to take ballet when he realized “you need ballet to get the core aspect of your dancing”. He now trains at Spectrum Dance Theater in Seattle, where he studies ballet, tap and contemporary styles of dance.
Over the years, Bito has received numerous awards, including the one pictured at the right in 2010. In the picture, his dance team from Definitive Dance won first prize in their tap dance category with the number Tap for Blue Suit Boogie. It was at the Starpower Competition at the Highline Performing Arts Center.
In 2014, Bito was awarded a Future Star scholarship at the 2014 New York City Dance Alliance (NYCDA) dance compeition held in Vancouver, WA.
His debut on May 19, 2016 made him the 138th actor to debut as Billy in a non youth/school production of BETM.
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