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The Boy Who Could Not Stop Dancing

Tom Oakley has a huge year ahead, auditioning for a coveted spot at world-leading dance school, Rambert, as well as trying to manage his life-limiting cystic fibrosis. When he first started to dance his “lungs used to burn," but years of training have helped his health enormously and starting a recently trialled drug could be life changing, allowing him to push his body further than ever before. After competing on BBC1’s The Greatest Dancer, aged 16, his heart was set on a career as a professional dancer, but to achieve his dream Tom must leave his friends and family behind in Liverpool and be ready to compete against some of the best young dancers in the world whilst also managing his condition on his own. With his dance college closed due to Covid restrictions Tom is attempting to prepare at home for the biggest audition of his life, will his passion for dance prevail or is Rambert a step too far for this real-life Billy Elliot?

  • Genre:
    Documentary | Health | Reality
  • Broadcaster:
    Channel 4
  • Producer:
    Tuesday's Child
  • Duration:
    48 minutes
  • Format:
    HD
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