YORK teenager Faisal Khodabrukus has just updated one of Broadway's favourite legends. In the old days, a dancer was plucked from the chorus line to become a star. Faisal was plucked from its modern equivalent, the line dance.

Thanks to the sort of coincidence that Hollywood thrives on, this talented young man has hotfooted it from Huntington Working Men's Club to the Northern Ballet School. He was spotted by a ballet teacher who just happened to pop in to the hall where he was dancing.

Now our own Billy Elliot has swapped the line dance slide and shuffle for the pas de deux. We wish him luck, and look forward to covering his debut at Covent Garden in a few years' time.

Updated: 10:37 Thursday, May 31, 2001