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#46 sparklesocks

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Posted 30 December 2005 - 06:41 PM

In the coverage of the Robert Altman film, The Company, it was reported that
Neve Campbell had ballet training before becoming an actress.


She was also on a TV show called something like Catwalk - she danced in a few episodes of that. She trained at Canada's NBS between the ages of 9 and 14 I think. She was in the Ballet chorus of Phantom in Toronto and understudied one of the semi-lead roles (I forget which one.)

The Company was a terrible movie - Blue Snake was only cutting edge in the 80s when it was first choreographed. That's just my humble opinion though...

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Posted 30 December 2005 - 09:50 PM

Saw a film the other day, and one of the trivia items between the pre-show ads was Neve Campbell's ballet background.

There are some people who may not find that trivial at all! :wacko:

#48 Paul Parish

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Posted 31 December 2005 - 02:37 AM

I'm a fan of 6 Feet Under, which I've seen entirely on DVDs THere are a couple of episodes 3rd or 4th year, where the artistic kid sister gets to fantasize herself dancing and the actress gets to TEAR IT UP with multiple pirouettes and renverses and wild kicks and rond de jambes.... which turn outjust to have been little fantasies.... She's a wonderful character, played by a wonderful actress...

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Posted 31 December 2005 - 09:32 AM

How silly of me to have forgotten---Mikhail Baryshnikov had a recurring role on Sex and the City, playing SJP's love interest, a tortured artist. :wacko:

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Posted 31 December 2005 - 12:29 PM

How silly of me to have forgotten---Mikhail Baryshnikov had a recurring role on Sex and the City, playing SJP's love interest, a tortured artist. :wacko:

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tortured? How about torturing? I think that whole role was a mechanism to be negative enough to force a final resolution of the plot. Maybe the "nicest"way to describe the character is "self-absorbed".

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Posted 31 December 2005 - 12:34 PM

I'm a fan of 6 Feet Under, THere are a couple of episodes 3rd or 4th year, where the artistic kid sister gets to fantasize herself dancing and the actress gets to TEAR IT UP with multiple pirouettes and renverses and wild kicks and rond de jambes.... which turn outjust to have been little fantasies....

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Paul,

I'm a great 6 ft under fan too. I went through terrible withdrawl when it ended.
I don't remember this scene all that clearly though. Is this where Claire is sitting in an empty classroom with some photo work she has done? And she goes into the fantasy while daydreaming for the teacher to show up?

And it ends with her realizing she is missing a leg or am I mixing your scene with another one?

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Posted 16 January 2006 - 07:01 AM

Here's a new one for me:

Three Secrets

(summary from the box):

Driven by the chance to reclaim the child that they each gave up for adoption five years earlier, three women, each one possessing a secret past, rush to a rescue site where a five-year-old boy is the only survivor of a plane crash. Each woman has her own reason to believe that the child is hers. Susan Chase (Eleanor Parker) is now happily married, but during the war she fell in love with a marine and bore his child out of wedlock. Phillis Horn (Patricia Neal), now a successful business woman, rather than give up her career, gave up her child when her marriage failed. Ann Lawrence (Ruth Roman), a ballet dancer, was forced to give up her son after she was convicted of murdering her racketeer boyfriend. The events leading up to the boy's rescue, and the tension that builds while trying to determine who the real mother is, creates a powerful and unforgettable human drama. "THREE SECRETS" was directed by Robert Wise, director of such classics as "The Day The Earth Stood Still", "West Side Story" and "The Sound of Music."

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Posted 08 February 2006 - 09:48 AM

Darcey Bussell had a guest spot on the English sitcom "The Vicar of Dibley" some years back (USA broadcast on PBS). She played herself and danced opposite Dawn French. Absolutely hilarious!

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Posted 08 February 2006 - 10:15 AM

Darcey Bussell auditioned and was considered for the lead role in the remake of "Sabrina" with Harrison Ford but lost the role to ice cube Julia Ormond.

Meanwhile, arthritis made the Royal Ballet dancer Christopher Gable (1940 - 1998) turn to acting in "The Slipper and the Rose" and "Lair of the White Worm" - he also played a sensitive complicated alien in "Doctor Who"

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Posted 08 February 2006 - 11:40 AM

i don't think anyone has so far mentioned the following w/ leclercq:

A candle for St. Jude 1952. 56 min. : sd. b&w.
Live television drama based on the novel by Rumer Godden, adapted by Elizabeth Hart. Originally telecast on Westinghouse Studio One, CBS-TV, February 4, 1952. Rereleased as a videotape in 1983 by Video Yesteryear.
Director: Paul Nickell. Producer: Worthington Miner.
Choreography: Ruthanna Boris. Sets: Richard Rychtarik.
Cast: Lili Darvas (Madame Holbein), Tanaquil Leclercq (Hilda), Marc Platt (Lionel), Betty Low (Caroline), and others.
CONTENTS. - Backstage drama about a small ballet company; contains many brief rehearsal scenes and a short ballet.

i think this was once on the market from a small-time outfit as a videocassette but i'm not positive where or when.

#56 carbro

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Posted 08 February 2006 - 11:47 AM

Gosh, I'd love to see that, rg! What a cast!

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Posted 19 January 2014 - 06:15 AM

i started to put this with the movies thread and thought that it might be too unwieldy so i'll put it here, thinking of all the times we've seen dancers in roles on tv series as themselves or in story lines (as opposed to showing a ballet film on tv by itself. the first that comes to my mind is this one:
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i was doing class at dokoudovsky's school in new york at the time and we specifically asked him about this; evidently he'd given permission for them to use his name! (i seem to have the impression that someone connected with the series took class at his school and thought it would be a lark, i also think the character is the one that is murdered).
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"Hart to Hart"

HARTS ON THEIR TOES 3/ 9/82

A visiting ballet dancer wants to defect because he is in love
with a ballerina who is not Russian. Complicating his situation
is the murder of his rival.
Ballet consultant Howard Jeffrey
Yuri Rostoff....................Victor Barbee
Zabin...........................Clive Revill
Michelle Barrie.................Anna Rodzianko
Christopher Hawks...............Xander Berkeley
Federal Investigator............Gerald Gordon
Boris Lermontov.................Alexander Minz
Policeman.......................James Jeter
Marty...........................Alexander Lockwood
Vladimir Dokovdovsky............Mark Bratcher

 

Not often do I top off something I started so long ago!

 

Today I found this episode on line -

 



#58 California

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Posted 19 January 2014 - 06:40 AM

In looking back over this old thread, I don't find any mention of Gelsey Kirkland's role in an episode of LA Law in 1994. She played an aging dancer who sues the company director for denying her roles. Although she was seen in practice garb in the studio, she didn't really dance and I don't even think she could be seen wearing pointe shoes.



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Posted 19 January 2014 - 11:58 AM

Joss Whedon must like ballet dancers. He has always hired at least one former ballet dancer (usually professional) as a series regular on all his programs. As a Whedon fan, I've always had fun picking out the dancers among his cast. Summer Glau, mentioned earlier in this thread) got her start in that "Angel" episode, then quickly went on to become a series regular in Whedon's "Firefly." Her character was a genius whose talents included dance. Besides Glau, other Whedon series regulars who were also ballet dancers, either as actual professional dancers or long-time pre-professional  students include:

1. Juliet Landau (Martin Landau and Barbara Bains's daugher (Drusilla on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer") was a professional ballet dancer. Years ago, I saw some beautiful photos online of her dancing in a professional company, but I can't remember which one. 

2. Harry Groener (The mayor in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer") was an apprentice with the San Francisco Ballet Company.

3. Amy Acker ("Angel" "Dollhouse" "Much Ado About Nothing") was a pre-pro student for 13 years who had to quit ballet in high school due to a knee injury.

4. Robia LaMorte (Jenny Calendar on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer") was a professional dancer who studied ballet, tap, jazz all throughout childhood. She has some very physical scenes in "Buffy" where her ballet training is clearly on display.

 

Other series regulars in Whedon works with dance (though not specifically ballet pro or pre-pro) background include Julie Benz (Darla on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Angel"), who competed in the US Figure Skating Championship in ice dancing (her partner was David Schilling), Emma Caulfield and Michelle Trachtenburg, a longtime dance student. Sarah Michelle Gellar herself was a competitive figure skater for a short period during childhood. Both Caulfield and Trachtenburg shine in the "Buffy" episode "Once More, With Feeling" where, through a mysterious force (Hinton Battle's character), everyone in Sunnydale must sing and/or dance, some with such a frenzy that they burn up completely.

 

Those are just the regulars I can remember off the top of my head. Throughout the years, Whedon's also employed guest actors with strong ballet background. 



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Posted 19 January 2014 - 12:06 PM

Oh, thanks for bringing this back up!  The phrase we use in our house when we spot someone in a film or on television is "it's always good when dancers are working."  Because it is.




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