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It was a big night for "Billy Elliot" and Irish American Trent Kowalik on Broadway, with the musical taking ten Tonys, including Best Musical and Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical.
In a first, Kowalik, a World Irish dancing champion and fifth generation Irish-American who traces his heritage to Roscommon, David Alvarez and Kiril Kulish made history when they shared the American Theater Wing award for Leading Actor in a Musical. To match their shared victory, the trio also became the youngest ever Tony winners in the Lead Actor category.
The three young dancers were in shock as they accepted their awards and could only mutter "Oh my God," "wow," and "This is unbelievable," as the packed theater gave them a standing ovation.
Once the crowd calmed down and the three winners found their voices, each in turn thanked the crew, those close to the production and their families. Kowalik was the first to thank his dance teachers.
"None of us would be here today if it weren't for all the fabulous teachers we have. There's Sean Reagan and all the teachers from the Dorothy’s School of Dance in Bellmore, Long Island."
Kowlaik, now 14, is no stranger to making records. At the age of 11, he was the youngest American dancer to come first at the 2006 World Irish Dance Championships in Belfast.
However, the Wantagh, New York native was just excited to be sharing a night with so many stars of stage and screen. "Seeing all these actors and just being here is amazing," he told reporters on the red carpet before the show.
Well, the Tony Award-winner very much belongs in that company now, and there will be no prouder Irish dance teacher tonight than Sean Reagan of the Innisfree School of Irish Dance in Long Island.