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National TV Exposure of Ballet Life Difficult for Ballet West Principal

Ballet West’s Christiana Bennett with Beau Pearson; photo by Luke Isley

Ballet West’s Christiana Bennett with Beau Pearson; photo by Luke Isley

As a principal ballerina with Ballet West, Christiana Bennett is accustomed to people looking at her. But she wasn’t so accustomed to watching herself—especially before she and the rest of the company became the focus of Breaking Pointe, the documentary series that returns to The CW today (July 22).

And it’s still difficult, she told the Salt Lake Tribune—like when she broke down in tears under the pressure of a demanding career that she knows can’t last too many more years. In ballet, being 33 means the clock is ticking.

“I wanted to be completely forthcoming with what my real life is like right now,” Bennett said. “And that includes a huge transition in a couple years. So I am glad that it was brought out in the show. But I wish I hadn’t cried,” she said with a big laugh.

It’s the price members of the company paid to raise the profile of Ballet West. “We want this to be one of the premier companies in America, and that’s what this is all about,” said artistic director Adam Sklute. And the company has seen increased interest in touring, “which is what we need to do.”

Any effect on ticket sales has been negligible, according to John Roarke, Ballet West’s marketing director. But web hits increased by almost 1.3 million the month the show premiered in 2012.

“Because of the program, we quadrupled our summer program auditions, which in effect made us more competitive with other programs around the country and helped to raise the quality of the students admitted to our program,” Roarke said.

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Second Season of Breaking Pointe Ordered up by The CW


After months of negotiations, The CW has ordered a second season of Breaking Pointe, the docudrama set inside the Ballet West dance company, reports The Salt Lake Tribune.

The show was not exactly a hit in Season 1. It averaged fewer than a million viewers during its six-episode run from May 31 to July 5—a weak showing even for The CW network. But Breaking Pointe did have a big online audience, and that was enough for the network to bring it back.

Details on when the second season will be produced have not yet been announced. According to executive producer Izzie Pick Ashcroft, filming on “what is a passion project for us” is tentatively set to resume in January for airing next spring/summer.

The exact number of episodes has yet to be determined, although Ballet West artistic director Adam Sklute said he’s been told it might be more than the six that comprised the first season. “What I’m excited about in our discussions for this season is that we are going to be focusing more on dancing,” he said.

When it does return, fans will presumably not only get to see more dancing, but see what happened between dancers Allison DeBona and Rex Tilton after they broke up . . . and then, apparently, called off the break up.

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Meet Two Soloists from ‘Breaking Pointe’ Series on Twitter Chat


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.

Allison DeBona (Photo by Erik Ostling)

For more information on Ballet West, visit or follow them on Twitter at @BalletWest1. For information on Diablo Ballet, located in Walnut Creek, California, visit

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Two Ballet-Themed TV Series Show Different Sides of the Dance World


As far as titles go, The CW has the edge on ABC Family in terms of their upcoming ballet-themed programming. But, says, there’s no reason ballet fans have to choose between the two.

Advertisement for Breaking Pointe (Image courtesy of The CW)

While ABC Family’s Bunheads is a scripted drama with a ballet theme, the CW’s upcoming series Breaking Pointe is an unscripted look at the art and “sport” of ballet, and uses the setting of Salt Lake City’s Ballet West to give viewers a look at the hard work and determination that goes into ballet dancing. As one dancer says in the preview: “It’s constantly striving for perfection but knowing you’re never gonna make it.”

Breaking Pointe premieres on The CW on May 31. To view a preview of the series, visit

ABC Family’s Bunheads, starring Broadway’s Sutton Foster as a former Vegas showgirl working at a small-town dance studio, premieres June 11. For previews, visit

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