For the first time ever, the beauty and grace of ballet, the world’s preeminent dance form, will be brought to television. Viewers will also see the dark side of this seemingly perfect world; the jealousy, competition and intensity that exist behind the scenes at a professional ballet company. For under the tights and tutus lie warriors, who battle in a gritty world of extreme athleticism, focus and dedication, while hunting for the unattainable…perfection.
“Breaking Pointe” rips back the curtain on the inner workings of elite Salt Lake City Ballet Company, Ballet West. It obliterates the notion that ballet is a dated art form and shatters pre-conceived stereotypes about the men and women who give their lives to the world of ballet. Beneath their perfect exteriors, these dancers have the toughness of linebackers, punishing their bodies to achieve perfection and dancing through injuries and pain.
Led by Artistic Director Adam Sklute, a former dancer and Associate Director of The Joffrey Ballet, Ballet West and Ballet West II’s company of 48 dancers includes: Principal Artist Christiana Bennett, Soloist Ronnie Underwood, Demi-Soloist Allison DeBona, Demi-Soloist Rex Tilton, Beckanne Sisk, Kathleen Martin and Ronald Tilton.
Shot in a rich, cinematic style, “Breaking Pointe” pulls the viewer directly into the company, where they will experience the exhausting rehearsals, the stylized glamour of the dancers’ life and the vibrant and dynamic main-stage performances.
It’s every little girl’s dream to grow up and become a ballerina, but nobody knows what the world of competitive ballet is really about. No one sees the sacrifice and discipline it takes to look perfect for the audience. Nobody knows that in order to advance and get the best roles, dancers have to navigate the complicated social politics inside the company. And, no one sees, when the curtain goes down, the drama that bleeds into the dancers’ private lives…until now.
BREAKING POINTE is produced by BBC Worldwide Productions. Kate Shepherd (“Big Brother,” “Wife Swap”) is executive producer. Izzie Pick Ashcroft (“Dancing with the Stars”) and Jane Tranter (“Top Gear,” “Dancing with the Stars,” “Torchwood”) are executive producers for BBC Worldwide Productions.
Courtesy of: Lindsay from the Green Team at from Pittsburgh’s The CW Allison and Rex from Breaking Pointe stopped by Pittsburgh’s CW to chat with Lindsay from the Pittsburgh’s CW Green Team about Ballet, being [...]
BALLET WEST WRAPS UP THE SEASON — Everyone is concerned about Rex after his fall on opening night, but the show must go on with closing night and the end of the ballet season right [...]
OPENING NIGHT HAS FINALLY ARRIVED! — Opening night has finally arrived and everyone is beyond stressed. Will Allison be able to tackle the tempos and multiple roles? Will Ronnie live up to expectations on his [...]
THE DANCERS FEEL THE PRESSURE AS THEY PREPARE FOR ON-STAGE REHEARSALS — During rehearsals for their upcoming performances, Allison and Ronnie find themselves struggling, while Beckanne sails through the challenging preparation effortlessly. Meanwhile, Rex has [...]
THE DANCERS LEARN WHO WILL GET THE LEADING ROLES IN THE NEXT BALLET — After the grueling final rehearsals, Adam has to decide who will dance the lead roles, leading to major emotional fall out [...]
RONALD AND RONNIE ARE FACED WITH BIG DECISIONS ABOUT THEIR FUTURES WITH BALLET WEST – Ronald is torn between staying with his brother Rex at Ballet West or leaving with girlfriend Katie, and he needs [...]
There’s heartbreak in The CW’s new summer program, “Breaking Pointe,” a show that gives us access behind the curtains to the Salt Lake City Ballet Company, Ballet West. There are no villains as you’ll see [...]
GO BEHIND THE SCENES OF AN ELITE BALLET COMPANY, BALLET WEST — For the first time ever, the beauty and grace of ballet, the world’s preeminent dance form, will be brought to television. Viewers will [...]
Series Premieres Thursday May 31, at 8pm on CW11
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