In recent years Billie Eilish may have been dubbed a young queen of the stage, but does she have the moves to match the voice?
Singer-songwriter prodigy Billie Eilish not only boasts a fantastic vocal range but can also dance. She’s been dancing since a young age and even took professional lessons to supplement her abilities on stage.
Read on to find out more about Billie Eilish’s history with dancing.
Talk The Talk And Walk The Walk
Billie Eilish has always been around talent, ever since she was born. Her family is star-studded and quite simply exudes musical and on-stage ability: her father is an actor, her mother an actor-slash-singer-songwriter, and her older brother a musician and musical producer.
It stands to reason that music would be in her blood, and judging from the success she experienced at a young age that catapulted her into the public eye, it definitely seems to be the case.
When Eilish turned eight years old, she joined a local choir – the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus – and began flexing her already-impressive vocals in nearby churches. Shortly after, she’d begin writing songs and producing tracks with her brother, Finneas O’Connell, in their home in Highland Park (Los Angeles).
However, a little-known fact is that Eilish and her brother would begin attending professional dance classes at the Revolution Dance studio in Montrose, learning choreography among other things, from the age of ten.
Coincidentally, it would be this very studio that empowered Eilish to work with dancing instructors to choreograph the moves to her debut single, Ocean Eyes.
Unfortunately, Eilish suffered a hip injury that meant she would be unable to perform this dance with her classmates once it was completed. She did find time however, to shoot a rather dramatic rendition of this dance two years later, as you can see in this YouTube video.
Keep Dancing The Dance
Billie Eilish’s flair for movement would continue into her later teenage years and ultimately into adulthood. She’s been caught on many occasions throwing down some moves, whether launching into a spontaneous freestyle on stage, or spinning some tricks backstage before a show.
She’s explained on occasion that her love for expression is so instinctive that she’ll often be subconsciously dancing to the background music in video games, or popping out moves without realising she’s doing it.
Taking A Toll
It’s a sad truth, but many performers will experience injuries in their lifetimes. This can range from sports personalities and athletes, to actors and singers or band members. The stresses put on a body by performing on stage night after night, often during high-energy and adrenaline-fuelled choreography can leave its mark.
Billie Eilish is no stranger to these injuries, as we’ve already mentioned above. In April 2019, Billie stated in an interview that her body was ‘broken’ after years of gruelling dance training. She even went as far as to undergo physio sessions for the injuries sustained while performing for her adoring fans.
In fact, at a show in Italy (late-2019), Eilish hurt herself so badly that she was forced to flee the stage in tears. The youngster, still only seventeen at the time, sprained her ankle while dancing and had to perform the rest of her show while seated, much to her personal devastation.
It’s a slight glimpse into what these performers go through, particularly as these injuries were sustained while Eilish was essentially a child, or teenager. These mounting injuries and the level of ongoing physical stress may mean Billie Eilish won’t be flashing her fantastic dance moves for much longer as time goes on.