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Kiril Kulish is all grown up and heading to primetime. The Billy Elliot title role Tony winner has announced that he will take the small screen as a member of Dancing with the Stars’ dance troupe. But that hardly means he would not “Shine” on the Great White Way again if given the chance.
“That is actually a big dream of mine, to choreograph [for Broadway],” Kulish told Broadway.com. “Ever since I’ve been dancing, I never really let other people choreograph for me. I always want to take control. I definitely would love to choreograph a new show on Broadway one day or absolutely be a part of one [again] too.”
Lucky for the “Born to Boogie” boy, he will have the opportunity to choreograph on DWTS. “We of course are in a lot of the dancers’ numbers with the celebrities,” Kulish told us. “We get to be on the creative end a bit.” In fact, Kulish was tapped for the ABC series' kid-version at age 13. However, he was already under contract with Billy Elliot, which would go on to win ten Tony Awards, including one for Best Musical.
As for Dancing with the Stars vets Kulish looks up to, he told Broadway.com, “I can definitely relate to [Derek Hough] because he’s very versatile. Derek is a good guy. He told me to just enjoy it.” Triple threat Derek Hough has taken home the DWTS trophy six times and is Broadway-bound for producer Harvey Weinstein's Singin' in the Rain revival. Perhaps Kulish will follow in Hough's fancy footsteps and take another Broadway bow? We certainly think it'd be electric.
ABC’s Dancing with the Stars kicks off season 22 on March 21. In the meantime, get psyched watching Kulish bust a move below!