Billy Elliot lives with his father Jackie his older brother Tony and his bemused grandma in the North. His mother has died some years ago. Even if there isn't so much money, Billy should go boxing, as a tradition, because his father has also been a great boxer. Billy isn't really good at boxing and when the girls dance in the same gym, he trys, too. But his father or anybody else doesn't know it and he wants to conceal that from him. Mrs Wilkinson, the ballet mistress, discovers his talent and she assists Billy. When Jackie and Tony Elliot find out that Billy does ballet, there's a big conflict. But Billy fights for his dream and Mrs Wilkinson gives him free tuitions to prepare him for the audition to the Royal Ballet school in London. When his father catches Billy in the act of dancing, Billy dances in great anger, defiance and passion. That convinces Jackie Elliot. He even becomes a strikebreaker to get the money for Billy's plan. Finally he goes with Billy to London for the audition. It takes a lot time before a letter of the Royal Ballet arrives in Durham: Billy is admitted. His father and older brother take him to the bus to London. Several years later Jackie and Tony Elliot go to London to see Billy dancing at his first performance "Schwanensee".