A FLEET-footed teenager from Solihull has leaped to film stardom at the same time as winning his fifth successive world Irish dancing title.
Joe Bitter’s remarkable talents are to be revealed in ‘Jig’, a new film directed by Sue Bourne about the 2010 World Irish Dance Championships in Glasgow.
The feature-length documentary released nationwide next week showcases the ultra-competitive world of Irish dancing and follows the fortunes of 16-year-old Joe and eight other dancers as they battle it out for a trophy in the competition.
The Solihull School student has just won this year’s world championship in Dublin to add to his personal achievement of more than 30 national titles from the UK, Ireland and America.
Joe, who lives in Catherine-de-Barnes, has won every major competition that he has entered since 2007. The Sixth-former gained his first British title at the age of just eight while he was a pupil at the French-American School of Silicon Valley in California - his success persuaded his parents to move to Britain so that he could attend the world-renowned Doherty Dance Academy in Coventry.
Joe’s mother Nicole Bitter said: “The full-capacity audience in Dublin and this exciting new film shows just how popular Irish dancing has become. We are thrilled that lovers of dance across Britain will now be able to enjoy Joe’s skills.”
‘Jig’ will be shown at the Electric Cinema in Birmingham on Saturday, May 21 at 3pm and Sunday May 22 at 1pm.