Note: Pol Ribet’s final show as Billy in the Barcelona, Spain, production of Billy Elliot the Musical (BETM) was on May 20, 2022.
Debut: October 9, 2021 (Barcelona, Spain)
Total Performances as Billy: 37 (No partial shows)
Pol Ribet was 14 years old (D.O.B. = 4-Sep-2007) when he debuted as Billy in the Spanish production of BETM at the Teatre Victòria in Barcelona. He is from Corbera de Llobregat, which is in the province of Barcelona.
Pol started dancing when he was just three years old, beginning with hip hop and breakdance classes. He says that he has loved music from a young age and liked the feeling when he danced. Prior to auditioning for the Barcelona Billy School in early 2019 he had never done any tap dancing and just started ballet a year before.
His experiences of being a male dancer have made Pol identify with Billy: “I felt the same as him. I wanted to dance but some people criticized me, said I was a girl and that I had to play football.”
Pol finds that when he is dancing at the Billy School he can disconnect from everything else and he describes it as his time to be free. His training schedule has been demanding though, as after returning home from the Billy School he just has time for dinner and to do his homework before it is time for bed.
Pol’s debut as Billy on 9-Oct-2021 makes him the 312th actor worldwide to play the role in a professional, regional or community theatre production of the musical.
After his time in BETM, Pol hopes to continue with a performing career, especially something that involves singing, as he has found that this is something that he really enjoys.
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