Last year, Ballet West demi-soloist Allison DeBona was described in Entertainment Weekly as “bitchy Allison” and vilified across the internet. She told The Salt Lake Tribune she didn’t see it coming.
“I never thought that they would find me interesting enough to be the one,” said the villain of the first season of the CW docu-series Breaking Point. “The first two episodes, the backlash I got on Twitter and Facebook—I just shut down. I couldn’t stop obsessing about what people were saying about me. I could barely watch it.”
The Pittsburgh native was portrayed as a cold, calculating prima donna who toyed with the affections of wannabe boyfriend/fellow dancer Rex Tilton. That was a central storyline of the six-part series, and the relationship intrigue contributed to the show getting picked up for Season 2. Production is scheduled to begin in early 2013, with the second season to be broadcast later next year.
“I told [Ballet West artistic director] Adam [Sklute] he owes me for this,” DeBona said with a laugh. “I took a big hit for him.”
From DeBona’s point of view, she took the fall for the entire company, who voted to do the show to raise Ballet West’s national profile. “Allison was great,” Sklute said. “It wasn’t easy for her.”
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Fans of the CW’s new television series Breaking Pointe can chat with two of the show’s performers, Ballet West demi-soloists Allison DeBona and Rex Tilton, June 13 on Twitter starting at 6pm Pacific Standard Time.
The chat will take place on Diablo Ballet’s Twitter page (@DiabloBallet). Breaking Pointe,which airs Thursdays on the CW, takes a close-up look at the lives of professional dancers at Salt Lake City’s Ballet West.
For more information on Ballet West, visit www.BalletWest.org or follow them on Twitter at @BalletWest1. For information on Diablo Ballet, located in Walnut Creek, California, visit www.diabloballet.org.
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