Ballet is not for the week of heart. Or the weak of feet. This is a sport, pure and simple. It’s an all-consuming world and it’s fraught with drama. Zap2it had a chance to chat with some of the people behind the new CW reality show “Breaking Pointe,” and learned what we’re in for.
Soloist Ronnie Underwood (who tells us all about his outside pursuits, including fixing cars) tells us that this is the most difficult art form to work in, talking about his surgeries, the strength it takes to perform and how you don’t get sick days. Ballet West, which is the company the show centers on is a competitive world. As you see in the first clip below, you don’t know if you’re going to have a job from season to season.
Young dancer Beckanne Sisk, who is 19 and a rising star tells us that this is the hardest job ever, but it doesn’t matter what else happens in her life. She just wants to dance. She’s a focus in the show. Most dancers don’t do solo roles at her age. As the head of the company talked about her amazing feet and her incredible talent, it was obvious that she’s a favorite. That’s not going to sit well with some of the older members of the company.
Between the jealousy between dancers, the relationships, jumping into ice baths after each grueling rehearsal day and dealing with outside misconceptions, this is going to be a show full of drama. “Breaking Pointe” premieres May 31 on The CW.