Arts·The Move

Nothing makes Wyatt Moss feel more free than dancing — even when people are unkind to him about it

"Dance, to me, is an escape — an escape from everything. It just completely soothes my soul."

'Dance, to me, is an escape — an escape from everything. It just completely soothes my soul'

If you were lucky enough to see Billy Elliot's extended run on the Stratford stage in 2019, you might recall the young Nolen Dubuc playing the title character. But what you might not know was that each night there was one endearing young performer pulling double duty as ensemble member and as Nolen's understudy — Wyatt Moss.

In this episode of The Move 3: Kids, 12-year-old Wyatt shows us how to do a beautiful Chaîné turn and speaks from the heart about the bullying he's faced as a boy who dances.

"I can always try to be someone else and try my hardest to be like someone else, but I will always be who I am."

When the character of Billy Elliot is asked how dancing makes him feel, he struggles to find the right words before deciding that it feels like "electricity." He may as well be describing Wyatt — the young dancer's movements are electric and imbued with pure joy.

"It completely soothes my soul," he says, voice brimming with emotion. "I can't even explain it."

Next up for Wyatt, he recently moved from Waterloo to Halifax to share the title role of Billy in Neptune Theatre's production of Billy Elliot with Donovan Colan. The show was originally set to premiere on April 14, 2020 before being postponed due to COVID-19 — but while the world will have to wait a little longer to see what Wyatt's vision for Billy will be, I for one am pretty sure it'll be worth the wait.

The Move 3: Kids features performances from nine of the most incredible young dancers in Canada. Find out more and stream the full series now on CBC Gem.

About the Author

Lucius Dechausay is a video producer at CBC Arts, as well as a freelance illustrator and filmmaker. His short films and animations have been screened at a number of festivals including The Toronto International Film Festival and Hot Docs. Most recently he directed KETTLE, which is currently streaming at CBC Short Docs.

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