Meet Billy Elliot: Corey Snide

    Note: Corey’s Final known Performance as Billy in London was July 5, 2008

    Debut: May 16, 2007 (London)

    Note: Corey also performed the role in Sydney, Australia, loaned to that production of the show because of an injury to one of its regular Billys. Corey’s Australian performance data was not reported and is unknown.

    Total Performances as Billy: Unknown (Unreported data from the period he was Billy) (Recorded data:  London = 95.5 — includes 1 partial show credited @ .5 — Australia = unknown)

    Corey Snide Thumb2American actor Corey Snide, London’s 10th Billy and the second American to play the role, was born in Albany, New York on 19-Dec-1993. Corey has been dancing since the age of three and has won many awards in dance competitions since then. His early dance training came at Eleanor’s School of Dance in Albany. It was there that he learned Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, Street and Tap dancing.  Among his awards are Gold Medals in Tap and Show Dancing (International Dance Organization, Riesa Germany – 13 and under).  He has also won the New York City Dance Alliance’s Mini (Under 10) and Junior (Under 11) Outstanding Dancer Awards.

    Three American Billys in London l-r Hogan Fulton, Trent Kowalik and Corey Snide
    Three American Billys in London l-r Hogan Fulton, Trent Kowalik and Corey Snide

    When Corey first auditioned, it was with the hope of getting selected for the Broadway BETM production that was to open in 2008.  Recognizing his talent, but realizing that he’d be too old for the role by then, it was decided by the BETM creative people to send him to London to perform in the show there. So he packed his bags and traveled to the UK, where he moved into the Billy House with other young members of the BETMUK cast to prepare for his West End debut.  That debut at the Victoria Palace Theatre (VPT) came on 16-May-2007 at the age of 13. Corey would be in the London show until July of the following year.

    However, in the meantime he was called upon, not once, but twice, to travel to Australia to cover for injured Billys in the BETM production of the show that had opened in Sydney.  In November of 2007 he went to Sydney to cover for an injured Nick Twiney.

    Corey in Austrlia (l-r Corey Snide, a very young Billy-to-be Dayton Tavares and Nick Twiney)
    Corey in Australia (l-r Corey Snide, a very young Billy-to-be Dayton Tavares and Nick Twiney)

    Because of small differences in the London and Sydney productions of the show, he had to rehearse with the cast there before debuting on 8-Dec-2007.  He performed in Sydney until 19-Jan-2008,  Back in London, Corey needed to get back up to speed with the London production of the show.  He did a couple of shows at the VPT on 20-Feb and 22-Feb before learning that he was being sent back to Australia to cover for yet another injured Billy there (Lochlan Denholm). He was only needed this time for about three weeks and resumed doing performances in London on 20-Mar-2008.  After about 100 shows as Billy in Australia and London His final performance as Billy in the West End came on 5-July-2008.

    Post Billy Activities

    Here are some of the highlights of “life after Billy” for Corey:

    • Returning home to Albany after BETMUK, Corey attended Colonie Central High School.
    • Sep-2008 to Jan-2009, he played the understudy/alternate for the lead role of “Evan” in the Broadway musical show 13.
    • In February 2010, Corey reprised his role of Evan in a production of “13 The Musical” with Capital Area Productions (CAPS) in NY’

    Here’s a video clip of Corey in the opening number of the CAPS production of 13:

    Credit: Video by CapitalAreaProd

    • In 2010, Corey was presented with the first ever Adele Astaire Scholarship presented by the NYC Dance Alliance Foundation at the 29th Fred & Adele Astaire Awards, after dazzling the audience of theater and film stars with a piece titled Didn’t He Ramble.
    • In 2011, Corey entered The Julliard School were he is currently studying.

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