Menai to Moulin Rouge

En route to Paris: Sutherland Shire dancer Justin Hitchcock was selected to dance at the Moulin Rouge this year.

Illawong dancer Justin Hitchcock, 22, is off to Paris to entertain the French crowds with his talented stage moves this month.

The 12-month contract with the Moulin Rouge is a highlight for the young man, wholearnt his craft at Planetdance Menai at age 9.

Justin will join the cast of the world’s most famous cabaret show.

Directors and choreographers tour the world to scout dancers for the Moulin Rouge every few years.

More than 500 people audition each year butonly 20 places are available for a new dancer to snag a role.

Justin was on the wait list for almost 15 months before he received an offer.

The shire’s own ‘Billy Elliot’ will train for a show calledFéerie, which has been performed since 1999.

The cast includes more than 60 girls and more than 10 boys as it hits the stage 14 times a week.

After high school,Justin moved to China and performed as a dancer for international artists in nightclubs.

When he returned to Sydney,he trained ated5international and graduated with a diploma in performingarts in 2014.

Justin has worked in television shows includingDance Academy, So You Think You Can Dance, andGrease the Musical at Sutherland Memorial School of Arts.

He has also beena back-up dancer forMarcia Hines, Tina Arena, Leo Sayer and Deborah Cox, andmost recently toured with the musicalBring It On.

“Dancing was definitely not the norm especially among the boys and many football players I went to school with,” Justin said.

“ButI knew exactly what I wanted to do with my life and that was to perform every night on stage.

“Iknow that one dayI will be back to study again for a career thatdoesn’t require me to kick in the air forentertainment value.”

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