BWW Interviews: Allison and Rex of Ballet West and the CW's BREAKING POINTE on Real Life
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You might have heard ballet is being revolutionized. It is breaking boundaries, pushing limits, and, quite literally, venturing where no one has dared to go. The territory is unexplored, but that makes it even more alluring, more significant. But did you know that revolution is happening in the Midwest?
With Ballet In Cleveland, founded by Jessica Wallis inat the helm, ballet has been given a new lease on life: The venture has gone further than that: So it makes sense that an innovative company would partner with an innovative dancer—a dancer who is making ballet her own in exciting, unprecedented ways: A Pre-Professional Intensive for dancers ages twelve and up, and an Intermediate Intensive for young dancers ages eight to eleven.
For information on auditions and intensive dates, please visit: This experience perpetuated me into a lifetime love-affair with ballet.
I immediately took to the library and checked out every book I could about ballet, along with every cassette tape yes, cassette tape of ballet scores from Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, and more. Seeing Balanchine performed sealed the deal. When our local performing arts center, Playhouse Square, discontinued its Ballet Series, the opportunity to see world-class ballet without going out of town was eliminated.
When I reached a crossroads in my life and knew that I wanted and needed a career-change, I saw the lack of professional ballet performances and events in our area as my oyster. I developed the kind of company that I wished existed and that I would like to be a part of: Seeing works of Balanchine like I saw on PBS twenty years ago on a Cleveland stage because of the efforts of my company is an absolute dream come true.
As most fans know, you are a soloist with Ballet West. When did you fall in love with teaching? I started teaching while I was at Indiana University as a student. We had to for our credits. To see the transformation in them from the beginning of the semester until the end was more gratifying than being on stage!! I still connect with some of them on social media! The connections you make with students, at any age, is special.
That is when my love affair with teaching started. Where did the idea come from? What level dancer will the intensive cater to? Allison and I have been working on expanding into something big since the first time she came to Cleveland in March of Allison and I are committed to developing dancers of all ages.
Although we are not catering to that age group specifically, we are fully confident that our Faculty will teach to all students in a way that will help them grow as dancers, regardless of where they are in their journeys. I have been working with Ballet in Cleveland for two years now. Our mission reads as thus. No movement without a purpose, without a unique story. We have an all-star Faculty! We will cater to a wide array of ages.
We will have a lesser intensive for students age years old. Have you had any major injuries that you thought might be the end of your career?
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I had one serious injury in my senior year of high school where I torn the place where my Achilles heel and my calf met. It was a partial tear, so I was in a boot for three months. Other than that, I suffer injuries, my back goes out all the time and I have an issue with my hip.
I'm pretty sure I have arthritis everywhere. If you weren't a ballet dancer, what would you be doing? I've always been interested in journalism. I started studying journalism in college. What is your favorite role you've done? Rex finally joined in the conversation!
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I always like doing contemporary work, but I could do Swan Lake everyday and not get bored. Is the best full-length ballet. Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty are very trite. If we did Romeo and Juliet and I got to be Tybalt, that is my dream role.
I think he's a bad ass. I've never dreamt about doing roles, because you're just sad if you don't get it. Most little girls want to be Cinderella or Aurora, because I don't think I embody either of them.
I can't relate to either of them. But Giselle or Odette I would love to do. About Breaking Pointe, how did you get picked to do that? The BBC approached us and said they wanted to do a mini-documentary, that's how it was presented to us, and they did not have a network for it yet.
They said they just wanted to get things going and after we agreed on our contracts, we found out the CW was going to be our network.
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Were you hesitant to let cameras into your life? I think some people didn't realize what was going to happen. For me, I wasn't initially looked at as a key participant, so I was fine with it.
Then once the cameras came, they chose who they wanted to use. They chose who they wanted and we had the opportunity to say yes or no. And we all signed the same contract, so there was no way to know what they were going to do.
Do you think the editing of the show was faithful to how you are in real life? They could have edited it completely different and it would still be the same. True, but not true. They would alter sentences, but at the same time, they are still trying to get across an overall feeling. The show only presents us as one dimensional throughout an entire season, and we're not. So people become obsessed with that one dimension that TV is showing, but we're human and we have good days and bad days.
If something really good or really bad happens to you one day, and they want to stick with that one thing, then the rest of the season, they're going to pick out anything that is in relation to that thing. There was a lot of interesting things that we learned along the way. Yes, it was real, but in a completely different context.
They'll put two people together that don't normally hang out, so it's going to be awkward. Then you watch the episode and you think that they hate each other. In reality, those people would be indifferent to each other, but you get the right looks and they put the right music with it and it's drama.
How I see it is that this has given us an opportunity to show people who we really are in other ways.
Like in season one, I was the bitch. And for two or three weeks I was obsessed with getting online and seeing what people were saying about me, but I knew that wasn't the best, but then I thought that I would use it as an opportunity to use it as a voice for things that I do find important. So it can be good and bad. I do take responsibility for everything I do and say on the show.
If you were in a glass room and had ten people watching you and you just went over and punched the wall, you would have ten different ideas for why you punched the wall without even saying a word. You have a set of producers who are going to watch your actions, but they are not in your head, so they'll come up with whatever story they find most interesting.
That's the nature of the beast. Did you have to be very careful about what you said? How do you think your life has changed since the show?
Do people recognize you now? I think they recognize me, but only when I'm with Allison. I have a different theory on this, because even when we're together, people can't make eye contact with Rex.
I think they are scared to talk to hi M. Little girls will be scared to come up to a guy they think is cute, but they'll come up to another girl. I can see it and I think it's so cute! He doesn't see it. I usually kind of dress homely and not shave and I've let my hair grow long, so people don't recognize me, but they'll recognize Allison and wonder who that bear man with her is.
This is our world first and we get a lot of flack from our own community about why we did this or that, but our ballet company has seen a lot of benefit from the show. Is any of the show scripted? I have a theory that some of it is with certain people.