Rainesford Alexandra: When Dancers Speak: In Support of Breaking Pointe's Allison DeBona
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When Breaking Pointe premiered its second season on July 22nd, the standing ovation came in part with mixed reviews: Many viewers were up in arms over the "lack of dancing" and portrayal of Beckanne Sisk, whose talent certainly overrides any onscreen miscommunications with her boyfriend. Despite high ratings, viewers seem unconvinced this is the best demonstration of ballet in the pop culture world: They want more variations, less body shots (though I personally find showing both an inspired choice).
Despite the upheaval, Breaking Pointe's controversy was largely typical: Viewers debated, dancers defended, dance writers posted reviews that were fence-riding. Much like the usual reality TV debate, conversation surrounding Breaking Pointe was enough to make audience members post a snarky comment or two, but not enough to make them close the curtains on viewing the show altogether. Viewers complained they wanted more truth of the ballet world. Well, it turns out, pre-episode
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