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

Posted by on 07.15.2013

"Breaking Pointe" Season Two Poster

“Breaking Pointe” Season Two Poster

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 including corps dancers and Ballet West II dancers.

Those of you who have been following my blog may remember the review I posted last year on the first two episodes of the series.  This article spurred a spirited conversation where readers shared their view of the show and it’s portrayal of the ballet world.  “Breaking Pointe” star and Ballet West dancer, Allison DeBona, spoke out among the comments to respond to viewers’ opinions. I conducted a follow up interview here on TENDUS with Ms. DeBona where she told her side of the “Breaking Pointe” story.  Today, she returns to TENDUS to give us an exclusive look into what to expect from Season Two.

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Allison DeBona, © Ballet West

Allison DeBona, © Ballet West

Rebecca King: What have you been up to since the last season of “Breaking Pointe?”

Allison DeBona: I have been so busy since last season of “Breaking Pointe!” Besides rehearsing and performing for Ballet West, I have been teaching a lot.  The opportunities that have come from the show, in terms of teaching, have been tremendous for me, and I think it’s the best part about this whole experience. I love traveling and meeting baby ballerinas. It’s a pleasure to see such wonderful kids working hard!

RK: What can we look forward to on the second season?

AD: I think last season of “Breaking Pointe” only hit the tip of the iceberg concerning who each of us dancers are inside the studio and out. All of us went through a lot this year and the cameras were there to catch it all. I cant give too much away, but I think the audience will be shocked to see how much our lives have changed this past year. The dancing is going to be phenomenal! I am so proud to be a part of Ballet West because I think everyone is beautiful and you will see how hard working and disciplined everyone is. There are some major injuries this season too and it takes a toll on a few people. I think the best way to describe Season Two of “Breaking Pointe” is DYNAMIC!

BREAKING POINTE - Pictured: Allison DeBona - Image  Number: BR204B_745.jpg.  Erik Ostling/The CW. © 2013 The CW Network, LLC. All rights  reserved

BREAKING POINTE – Pictured: Allison DeBona – Erik Ostling/The CW. © 2013 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved

RK: Have all the dancers from season one returned? Will we be seeing any new faces?

AD: This season, you will get to know us returning dancers a lot better and meet a few new dancers too. Rex Tilton, Beckanne Sisk, Ronnie Underwood, Christiana Bennett, Christopher Ruud and I are all returning. You will meet new faces, Silver Barkes, Zach Prentice, Ian Tanzer and Joshua Whitehead.

RK: What are you most excited to show viewers this season? Can you give us an idea of the dancing we can look forward to?

AD: I am most excited about introducing the audience to a new style of ballet! Last year you saw classical Russian, Balanchine, and a more contemporary style while watching Paquita, Emeralds and Petite Mort. On Season Two of “Breaking Pointe” the viewers will be introduced to Sir Frederick Ashton’s Cinderella.  Ballet West is only the second American company to perform this ballet. It was a great challenge for us all because it is a style of dancing that we do not do very often. You will see a major transformation, from all of us, between week one and opening night! Season Two really highlights the company’s ability to be chameleons. It’s fantastic!

RK: It has been a little over a year since audiences were first introduced to the “Breaking Pointe” cast. How have things changed for you?

AD: The past year has been a bit crazy at times, but I feel like I am maintaining the same lifestyle as I was before the show started. My first priority is being a Ballerina at Ballet West and I stay focused on that. Everyone at Ballet West really goes about their business the same as before. I do think it’s made everyone a little closer, which I love. It was a big chance we all took to film “Breaking Pointe” and open our lives to the public.  It has made us all come together and support each other more then ever before.

RK: How have things changed for Ballet West as a whole? Did the company experience an increase in interest and ticket sales as a result of the show?

AD: The company is doing fantastic. “Breaking Pointe” has opened a lot of doors for us, particularly in terms of touring. The highlight this past year was taking our Nutcracker to the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and selling out all seven shows. I was so proud of everyone! We originally set out on this endeavor to help rejuvenate the public’s interest in ballet and it feels like we are serving our purpose.

Thank you to everyone who watches the show and supports us!

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Don’t miss the premier of Season Two next Monday, July 22nd at 9/8c.  For more from Allison and for live tweets during the shows, follow her on Twitter: @allidebona.

What are you most looking forward to this season on “Breaking Pointe”? Any questions or comments for Allison? Sound off below!

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