From Iowa to Broadway, My Billy Elliot Story
HarperCollins Publishers, Hardcover, 9780062236012, 328pp.
Publication Date: April 30, 2013
This is the powerful true story of how young Ko made his dream of performing come true and beat all the odds to land the starring role in "Billy Elliot" on Broadway at age 13.
About the Author
Alex Ko made his Broadway debut at age thirteen in the title role of Billy in the Tony Award-winning Billy Elliot: The Musical. Alex studied dance from the time he was five years old, and at the age of twelve he was the youngest student admitted to the University of Iowa Dance Department, where he received college credit with honors distinction. Alex was guided by ballet masters Eloy Barragan and George de la Pena in Iowa City and by Peter O'Brien and Wilhelm Burmann in New York City. Alex has had the distinct honor of being a guest dancer at the White House and has appeared on ABC Family's Bunheads. Alex has won national and regional dance titles and is a USA gymnastics champion coached by 1996 Olympic gold medalist Dmitri Trouch.