The Wythenshawe lad fulfilling his dream as a top ballet dancer at the Lowry

From growing up in a council estate in Wythenshawe to now performing on stages across the UK, Isaac Bowry tells us all about his inspiring journey into the world of professional ballet.

When Isaac Bowry was a teenager, he never imagined that one day he would make it as a successful dancer.

Now, at the age of 25, Isaac is a professional ballet dancer and has starred in numerous productions, including Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake and now The Nutcracker! which has come to The Lowry in Salford.

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Growing up in Wythenshawe with an Afro Caribbean hairstyle and dual heritage made Isaac fear he’d be rejected from the ballet profession.

The former Newall Green High School student had never even seen a ballet performance on stage before he was accepted onto CAT - a programme for exceptional young dancers - at The Lowry in Salford, at the age of 14.

Isaac is now working alongside some of the best known ballet companies in the world and is thrilled to be back in Manchester.

When confirmed as a company member for Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker! Isaac wrote on Instagram: “I watched this production at The Lowry the last time it was toured & it was that evening I knew, I NEEDED to become a dancer!

“Truly blessed to soon be performing this beautiful show and can’t wait to share the stage with the super wonderful & talented cast.”

The Nutcracker runs from now til 3 December: to book tickets see here.