‘Breaking Pointe’ recap ‘Which life do I want to lead?’

This 7 June 2012 episode of The CW reality show “Breaking Pointe” could have been named “Should I stay or should I go?” and would have had a natural music lead in. It isn’t so much a question of which life the ballet dancers want to lead, but where they want to lead it.

During the first episode, we learned there was heartbreak. Artistic director Adam Sklute gave out contract offer letters. If you’re still wondering why we’re looking at ballet in Utah, please see my review of that episode . Ballet West isn’t a nowhere know-nothing company.

Brothers Ronald and Rex Tilton are the emotional center of the second episode because Ronald is in love with Katie who was not offered a contract and Rex is in a complicated romantic situation with Allison. If you thought Allison was bitch in the first episode, we get insight as to why in episode 2.

Allison DeBona is a demi-soloist and at 28 she is working her way up the ranks. She portrays herself as choosing ballet over love. Her relationship with Rex could work out because they do end up in the company together for another year, and he is a demi-soloist. Yet Allison and Rex could just as easily be separated next year as with Ronald whose girlfriend Katie ends up out of the company.

Ronald must decide if he wants to follow Katie or stay in the company where his brother, Rex is a demi-soloist. Katie auditions and gets an offer, but not in the same state.

Hunk and motorcycle enthusiast Ronnie Underwood joined in 2011, but is disappointed that his contract offer isn’t a promotion to principal. But does he really want to take money away from his motorcycle and cars and into auditioning in different cities during his spare time like Katie?

We get to meet the extended Tilton family in San Francisco and that’s probably one of the highlights of that episode as well as various shots of Ronnie shirtless or nearly shirtless.

If you doubt the virility of ballet dancers, Ronnie makes sure you know he’s interested, very interested in the ladies, something that the female dancers comment on. Here it gets a bit catty.

There’s also clips of the men rehearsing a male-centric modern ballet, “Petite Mort” by Jiri Kylian with music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Here’s a clip of Nederlands Dans Theater performing the piece.

This kind of choreography is bound to build sexual tension and it does. You thought ballet was just tutus? This is fencing swords and corsets sexy.

Living life year-to-year with every performance possibly effecting your future employment and having little time for relationships outside of the company leads to the kind of sexual tensions that soap operas would envy.  Aside from the title of the episode, this segment does a good job of exposing the romantic hardships in a ballet company without getting lurid.

About Jana J. Monji

I've written for the Rafu Shimpo, LA Weekly, LA Times, Examiner.com and, more recently, the Pasadena Weekly and RogerEbert.com. I formerly worked for a dot-com more interested in yodeling than its customers.

Posted on June 11, 2012, in TV series and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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