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PostPosted: Fri Nov 24, 2006 6:50 pm    Post subject: 'Ballet Girls' on Bravo Reply with quote

Just found out some exciting news about an upcoming reality-like T.V. series.
It is a reality type show about a day in the life of a ballet dancer in the making called "Ballet Girls."
The show is airing on Bravo Monday Dec. 4th, 11th and 18th at 9pm.

One of the dancers in this show is a former student from a dance studio in Waterloo.

Check it out...
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 01, 2006 9:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

From: http://www.chumlimited.com/press/releasetelevision.asp?stationID=92&pressID=2202

November 13, 2006 --

World Television Premieres – December 4, 11 and 18 at 9pm ET / 6pm PT

A true classical ballerina is a rare combination of musicality, physique, keen-intelligence, drive, passion and inner strength. Each year the Royal Winnipeg Ballet scours North America to find a handful of young hopefuls who have what it takes to be the next prima ballerina. A three-part documentary, co-produced by Merit Motion Pictures and vonnie VON HELMOLT film in association with Bravo!, Ballet Girls captures the dancers’ successes and defeats culminating with one aspiring ballerina’s triumphant performance as Clara in the company's annual production of The Nutcracker. The three one-hour Ballet Girls episodes premiere on Bravo! December 4, 11 and 18 at 9pm ET / 6pm PT.

Episode one is a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the open auditions held across Canada where girls plié and pirouette for coveted spots within the RWB Summer School. More than 1,000 aspiring ballerinas attend the intimidating auditions vying for a mere 40 openings. For the lucky few who have professional potential this is the first step toward achieving their dream.

Discipline, dedication and desire are put to the test in episode two as the dancers are subjected to the rigors of the intense summer session, a four-week audition for acceptance into the RWB’s professional division. The gruelling classes stretch the girls to their physical and emotional limits, demanding sacrifice and maturity beyond their years. Some thrive under the pressure, while others question their commitment. In the end, the decision to accept a dancer can come down to the shape of her foot or width of her shoulders.

In episode three, those who’ve survived the summer intensive will see the toll living the dream can take. Days are consumed by long hours of schooling, dance class and homework. Before long, the politics of friendship creep into the residence, causing drama and disruptions for even the most devoted students. Three girls are selected for the role of Clara in The Nutcracker, an added stress to their already heavy load. Behind-the-scenes preparations for the production bring about a frenzy of activity in the company as the dancers are plunged into the world of professional dance. Finally, when the curtain rises on opening night, one ballet girl’s dream comes true as she makes her stage debut.

With an international reputation for producing award-winning dance films, vonnie VON HELMOLT film complemented Merit Motion Pictures’ strength in producing critically acclaimed documentary series and in 2004 the Winnipeg–based television production companies combined their resources to create a new company called Ballet Girls Inc.

Bravo!, a division of CHUM Television, is a rest stop in the television universe where viewers make a regular appointment with the arts (www.bravo.ca). A proud supporter of the Canadian independent production community, Bravo! funds approximately 100 hours of independently produced documentaries and performing arts specials a year. Bravo! has been a major contributor to such productions as Godiva’s and Detective Murdoch Mysteries.
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