Ballet West Gets Real on the CW Network

Summer Reality TV Show to Highlight Passion, Pressure of Life in the Ballet World

SALT LAKE CITY – March 7, 2012 – Ballet West Artistic Director Adam Sklute today announced Ballet West’s participation in a new reality series “BREAKING POINTE” produced by BBC Worldwide Productions and slated to air on the CW Network this summer 2012. BREAKING POINTE is an inside look at the competitive world of ballet and the intense demands and passion it requires. It stars the dancers and artistic staff of Utah’s own Ballet West.

“This project is a wonderful opportunity for Ballet West and the dance world.” said Ballet West Artistic Director Adam Sklute. “When the BBC approached us, their idea was to create the antidote to the movie ‘Black Swan.’”

The CW Network describes BREAKING POINTE as “an intense, unfiltered look at one of the most competitive ballet companies in the country.  Beneath the beauty and glamour of the dance and costumes is a gritty dog-eat-dog world of extreme athleticism, focus, dedication, passion, pressure and, of course, the hunt for the unattainable…perfection.”

“My hope for BREAKING POINTE is that we can set the record straight about the dance world,” said Sklute.  “I want to present the real joys and heartaches - dramatic, yes, but not with overblown and exaggerated stereotypes.”

Premiere dates and times will be announced at a later date.