Breaking Pointe

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.

BREAKING POINTE

Breaking Pointe – ‘The Story of Us’

The group travels to Los Angeles for a fundraiser, meanwhile Ian plans his farewell; Christina and Christopher come to a decision about their relationship…

09/16/2013

BREAKING POINTE - 'It’s Time to Face the Music'

Breaking Pointe – ‘It’s Time to Face the Music’

Closing night of “Cinderella” is nearing, and Adam throws a party; Allison feels drawn to Rex; Beckanne and Chase savor what may be their final show together…

09/04/2013

Pictured: Beckanne Sisk (credit: Erik Ostling/The CW)

Breaking Pointe – ‘This Ballet is Cursed’

The entire company finds themselves rattled after a disastrous dress rehearsal; Allison grows anxious wondering if Jonathan will show…

08/27/2013

(photo credit: Erik Ostling/The CW)

Breaking Pointe – ‘Fighting Tooth and Nail’

Zach and Ian continue their rivalry for a spot in the main company with contract renewals coming up soon; Allison is back from Detroit…

08/13/2013

(L-R): Rex Tilton and Allison DeBona (credit: Erik Ostling/The CW)

Breaking Pointe – ‘Love or Ballet’

Adam finally decides Rex’s role for “Cinderella”, meanwhile Allison makes her decision whether or not to leave Ballet West…

08/06/2013

(credit: Lance Clayton/The CW)

Breaking Pointe – ‘It’s Cinderella or Nothing’

The final cast list of “Cinderella” is released, but not everyone ends up happy with their role, meanwhile Allison continues to ponder retirement…

07/31/2013

(L-R): Silver Barkes and Allison 
DeBona (credit: Erik Ostling/The CW)

Breaking Pointe – ‘You Can Feel the Tension’

With everyone anxiously awaiting the casting results for “Cinderella,” Silver plans a mountain getaway to take everyone’s mind off of the results…

07/26/2013

Christiana Bennet (credit: Erik Ostling/The CW)

Breaking Pointe – ‘It’s Not Brain Surgery, It’s Ballet!’

After returning from winter break, the group readies for auditions for an upcoming production of Cinderella; Ronnie is given a grim diagnosis for his injury…

07/16/2013

Pilot

Breaking Pointe Stars Talk

Allison and Rex from Breaking Pointe stopped by Pittsburgh’s CW to chat with Lindsay from the Pittsburgh’s CW Green Team about Ballet, being home, and work ethic…

07/09/2012

Breaking Pointe

Breaking Pointe – ‘Curtain Call’

Everyone is concerned about Rex after his fall on opening night, but the show must go on with closing night and the end of the ballet season right around the corner…

07/05/2012

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