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Why You Should Know Theatrical Dynamo Liam Redford

Fearlessly expressive, triple threat Liam Redford is undeniably Broadway-bound. But the 13-year-old isn't waiting until he's older to step into the spotlight. Liam's already played one of his dream roles, the title character in Billy Elliot: The Musical, in five regional productions of the show, beginning with his debut at the Grand Theater in Williamstown, NJ, and concluding at the Opera House Theatre Company in Wilmington, NC, this past summer. In less than two years, Liam performed as Billy exactly 100 times, but he says he never got tired of the role, finding something new to explore and appreciate in every show (can you say #professional?). A seasoned storyteller, Liam hasn't just excelled in the role of Billy–most recently, he performed in Fun Home at the Front Throw Theatre Company in Philadelphia, while continuing to train in dance, voice and acting.


Fast Facts

Birthday: 1/12/2006

Hometown: North Hanover, NJ

Trained at: Dansations School of Dance in Hainesport, NJ (Due to Liam's rigorous performance schedule, in the past year he's only been home about five weeks, so most of his training is on the go!)

Most-played song: "Any songs by Ben Platt"

Three words to describe his dancing: Electric, inspired, powerful

Favorite dancer of all time: Ben Cook

Advice for other dancers: "Always stay true to yourself, and bring your own self to every role."

Redford in "Billy Elliot: The Musical" at City Springs Theatre Company (M. Wood, courtesy Liam)

Go-to stress reliever: Improv dancing

Strangest thing in his dance bag: Wooden foot-stretcher

Must-see TV show: "Parks and Recreation" and "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt"

Dream dance role: "Billy Elliot was my dream role! I'd also love to play Mike in A Chorus Line one day."

Non-dance hobbies: "I'm learning circus skills like juggling and aerial work, plus acting and singing."

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Hi, dance friends. It is a strange time to be a person in the world, and an especially strange time to be a dancer. As the dance community faces the coronavirus crisis, a lot of you are coping with closed studios, canceled performances and competitions, and a general sense of anxiety about how your world will look going forward.

Yes, dancers are super resilient, and there's been a lot of inspiring community-building happening. #LivingRoomDances and Instagram dance parties and virtual ballet classes with the pros are wonderful. Dance can, and should, be a bright spot in the darkness. But that weird, empty feeling you have? It might be grief. The loss of the certainty of daily class, the loss of the promise of that big end-of-year performance—that's real. The dance studio has always been a safe place; it's especially hard not to have that outlet now, when you need it most.

We're here for you. We—and our friends at Dance Magazine, Pointe, Dance Teacher, The Dance Edit, and Dance Business Weekly—are doing our best to document the hurdles facing the dance industry, and to advocate for dancers in need. We're developing more online content that will help you maintain and improve your technique while you're at home, and process the mental and emotional fallout of all this upheaval. (You can keep up with the latest stories here.) And we're still making our print magazine. We have issues planned and shot, full of great dance stories and beautiful photos. We're not going anywhere.

We want to hear from you. Talk to us. Or dance to us. Or both. We won't stop moving, and you shouldn't, either.

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