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Monday, January 16, 2012

The Secret Lives of Dancers

Think you know what happens when the curtain goes down? Think again. Season Two is now showing!

Peep behind the curtains and into the private world of professional ballet dancers in Season Two of TV3's observational documentary series. Follow the Royal New Zealand Ballet Company as they rehearse, cast and then tour their highly acclaimed The Meridian Season of The Sleeping Beauty.

With an unprecedented all access pass, the series goes behind the glitz and the glamour of showbiz into the dressing rooms, hotel rooms and even the dancers' homes to expose the gruelling training schedules, the fierce competition for roles, and the devastation an injury can bring for a dancer.

Through the deeply personal journeys of these extraordinary dancers we also find out what happens when romance between dancers moves off-stage, explore the hierarchy of the company and witness the heartache when things don't go to plan.

See behind the scenes the workings of a major production, from the choreography and rehearsals, to the costuming and the sets, and the logistics of touring a professional production around the country.

Funny, candid and revealing this fresh new series will challenge stereotypes and change the way we think about ballet dancers forever.

Season 1 is available On Demand