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BalletBoyz prepare for leap on to Bromley's Churchill Theatre stage

PUBLISHED: 10:28 08 November 2013 | UPDATED: 10:28 08 November 2013

Taylor Benjamin and Matt Rees will appear at The Churchill Theatre, in Bromley, on Tuesday.

Taylor Benjamin and Matt Rees will appear at The Churchill Theatre, in Bromley, on Tuesday.

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An all-male cast of "strapping young men" take to the stage in Bromley in BalletBoyz this month.

The show combines music and film with athletic and distinctive dance, as led by former Royal Ballet dancers Michael Nunn and William Trevitt.

Making up one-tenth of the cast is Matt Rees who joined the production four years ago with no classic training in ballet – though he had danced throughout school.

“It was compulsory to do dance at my school,” says Matt. “At first I hated it, but by the time I left I had grown to like it.”

His role in the stage hit has allowed Matt to travel the world, performing the breadth of the UK, as well as in America, Italy, Israel and other nations.

He says he never expected a call back from his initial audition, and that his background made his BalletBoyz debut a little more daunting.

He added: “I wasn’t nervous at my audition because I didn’t expect to get it.

“The reason I perform is for that feeling of everyone watching you, but when I first joined it was massively daunting to not have the same background as some of the other guys.

“I would just say to myself ‘you are better than everyone else’ and that would get me through the initial shows.”

Matt had harboured ambitions of joining the Royal Marines when he successfully auditioned for BalletBoyz, though his fitness has certainly not suffered as a result.

Each of the 10 dancers work out for 90 minutes every morning before rehearsing for six hours until the early evening.

“You can get tired,” reveals Matt. “But if your body is looked after well enough then you should be fine.”

The show is at The Churchill Theatre in Bromley High Street on Tuesday, November 19 at 7.45pm. Tickets from £18.90, visit atgtickets.com/bromley.

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