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.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 BREAKING POINTE — (9:00-10:00p.m. ET) “It’s Time to Face the Music” (TV-PG, L) (HDTV) CLOSING NIGHT — With closing night of “Cinderella” just around the corner, the dancers continue to give it [...]
MONDAY, AUGUST 26 BREAKING POINTE — (9:00-10:00p.m. ET) “Nowhere Near Ready” (Content Rating TBD) (HDTV) MOUNTING PRESSURE — With contract renewals over, the dancers focus their attention on the upcoming opening night of “Cinderella.” [...]
BREAKING POINTE — (9:00-10:00p.m. ET) “Fighting Tooth and Nail” (Content Rating TBD) (HDTV) CONTRACT RENEWALS — With contract renewals around the corner, the rivalry between Zach and Ian continues as they fight for a spot [...]
BREAKING POINTE — (9:00-10:00p.m. ET) “Love or Ballet” (Content Rating TBD) (HDTV) DECISIONS, DECISIONS — After much consideration, Adam finally makes a decision about Rex’s role in “Cinderella.” Allison makes up her mind about leaving [...]
BREAKING POINTE — (9:00-10:00p.m. ET) “It’s Cinderella or Nothing” (Content Rating TBD) (HDTV) THE CAST OF CINDERELLA IS ANNOUNCED — After weeks of grueling tryouts, the cast of “Cinderella” is announced – and not everyone [...]
MONDAY, JULY 22 SEASON PREMIERE BREAKING POINTE — (9:00-10:00p.m. ET) “It’s Not Brain Surgery, it’s Ballet!” (Content Rating TBD) (HDTV) “BREAKING POINTE” RETURNS FOR SEASON TWO WITH RETURNING FAVORITES AND NEW FACES — The Ballet [...]
“BREAKING POINTE” RETURNS TO THE CW WITH NEW DANCERS AND NEW DRAMA The Second Season Will Feature Returning Favorites and New Faces Going Toe-To-Toe as the Competition Heats Up On and Off the Stage May [...]