Imagine Documentaries, the documentary division of New York-based Imagine Entertainment, and nonprofit media arts center DCTV are teaming on a docuseries that will step inside the most prestigious ballet academy in America.
On Pointe will capture a “year in the life” of the young ballet dancers of the School of America Ballet (SAB) at New York City’s Lincoln Center. Imagine and DCTV have been granted exclusive access to SAB’s facility, classes, faculty and students.
The docuseries will follow SAB dancers through their audition process, training, and home and school lives, including their preparation for New York City Ballet’s annual performances of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker.
The series will also delve into the home lives of students who have traveled to the Big Apple from around the world to study at the School of American Ballet. As the students navigate a foreign city, the docuseries will explore how their sacrifice for their passion impacts both them and their loved ones.
On Pointe will be executive produced by Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Justin Wilkes and Sara Bernstein for Imagine. DCTV’s Matthew O’Neill will direct the series, as well as produce alongside Larissa Bills.
“In Imagine and DCTV, we believe we have finally found the perfect partners to tell SAB’s story without compromising any facet of our mission,” said Carrie Hinrichs, executive director of the School of American Ballet, in a statement. “It is a unique privilege to partner with two production companies that share a commitment to the highest level of quality and accomplishment in documentary storytelling, and we are thrilled with this opportunity to share the inspiring work of our School with a larger audience.”