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‘Breaking Pointe’ Brings Something New to the Table in Episode Two: Reality

Posted by on 08.04.2013

‘Breaking Pointe’ Brings Something New to the Table in Episode Two: Reality

After a disappointing season 2 premier of Breaking Pointe, the show redeemed itself quite a bit in episode two.  Yes we did look into some company relationships at the beginning and end of the episode, but the true focus this week was on rehearsals for Cinderella. About five minutes in, we hear Beckanne Sisk telling us how their day begins: “with a group class” before rehearsals.  We are treated to extensive class footage with Ballet West’s Director Adam Sklute giving corrections and encouraging his dancers.  This is a wonderful look into the way professional ballet dancers’ begin their day. And it is in fact, reality. Ian and Zac reveal the...

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‘Breaking Pointe’ Transitions into the American Definition of Reality Television

Posted by on 07.28.2013

‘Breaking Pointe’ Transitions into the American Definition of Reality Television

Breaking Pointe returned last week for it’s second season, full of drama and new faces. Last year ballet fans across the internet expressed their desire for more rehearsal and performance segments in each episode, a desire that is seeming more and more far fetched. Now that the show has established some sort of notoriety, it seems that producers are feeling confident enough to make Breaking Pointe into the kind of reality show America has grown to expect. Now, Breaking Pointe really has all the facets of a true reality show: the drama queen, the villain, defined hierarchy, and serious injuries. With all these new elements, viewership is destined to grow. I...

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A Sneak Peek Into Season Two of The CW’s ‘Breaking Pointe’ with Allison DeBona

Posted by on 07.15.2013

A Sneak Peek Into Season Two of The CW’s ‘Breaking Pointe’ with Allison DeBona

Hey ballet fans, it’s back! The CW’s breakout hit docu-series, “Breaking Pointe” returns for a second season on Monday, July 22nd at 9/8c.  The show’s premier season reached out to new audiences last summer by following dancers in Salt Lake City’s Ballet West through the drama of contract renewals, exhausting rehearsals, injuries, and finally performances, giving CW viewers a unique look into the world of professional ballet.  Last season we met Principal Christiana Bennett, Soloist Ronnie Underwood and Demi-Soloists Allison DeBona, Rex Tilton and Beckanne Sisk. This season the show adds new dancers to the roster of featured artists...

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Poetic Fusion: Ballet + Poetry

Posted by on 04.09.2013

Poetic Fusion: Ballet + Poetry

Meet local Miami artists as they come together to create poetic fusion.  Ballet meets poetry in Miami this Friday April 12th, at the LAB Miami at 8pm.Check out this video I produced to promote the event featuring Miami City Ballet dancers and choreography by Adriana Pierce.A promotional video for for an evening of Poetic Fusion on April 12 at 8 pm at the LAB Miami. As a part of the O, Miami Poetry Festival, “Poetry + Ballet” will feature poet Barbara Lisette Anderson and choreography by Adriana Pierce. Leigh-Ann Esty, Sara Esty, and Nicole Stalker, dancers from the Miami City Ballet, will be performing works inspired by Anderson’s poetry.Join us for...

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Support Ballet’s New Media: The Ballerina Project on Kickstarter

Posted by on 03.28.2013

Support Ballet’s New Media: The Ballerina Project on Kickstarter

If you are one of the 412,000 people who like the Ballerina Project’s Facebook page, you are regularly treated to beautiful and unique images of ballerinas with some of the world’s most beautiful backdrops as their stage. This truly is one of my favorite Facebook pages for ballet: I highly recommend it. Recently I noticed The Ballerina Project‘s photographer, Dane Shitagi, posting about the project’s new Kickstarter campaign, so I clicked over to check it out (see video below). The Ballerina Project is looking to expand into new media by drawing inspiration from their still images to create short dance films and documentaries. In this short...

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Ballerina Turned Businesswoman: Fusco Knitwear

Posted by on 03.25.2013

Ballerina Turned Businesswoman: Fusco Knitwear

If you are a regular TENDUS reader, you have become familiar with the fact that ballet dancers are quite multi-talented.  I have introduced you to Cameron Dieck, New York City Ballet Dancer and  Échauffe™ Legwarmers co-founder, and Emily Bromberg, Miami City Ballet dancer and founder of FancyPants USA. Today I have the pleasure of introducing you to Pennsylvania Ballet member, Holly Fusco who has a 6 month old company, Fusco Knitwear, providing high-quality customizable knit legwarmers to the ballet community.  Holly’s story behind her products, her creative process, and secrets for time management are not to be...

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