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Dutch television has begun airing a series titled Bloed, zweet en blaren, which goes behind the scenes at Dutch National Ballet. The series is in Dutch, of course, but there is lots to see, and English-language conversations are left undubbed. Each episode is about 35 minutes long.

episode 1: de catwalk op

http://avro.nl/bloedzweetenblaren/Player/20140320_Bloed_zweet_blaren_aflevering_1/?r=1

episode 2: The Sleeping Beauty

http://avro.nl/bloedzweetenblaren/Player/20130327_BZB_Aflevering_2/

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Helene   

The last shot of Igone de Jongh turning around in her Aurora costume to show a backpack is priceless :)

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amiaow   

I'm really enjoying this series. It's such a nice change from the drama of Breaking Pointe and even the show about the Royal NZ Ballet. Looking forward to the next episode!

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amiaow   

Is anyone else having trouble streaming this series? Mine stops every few seconds and it's driving me crazy... don't have this problem with anything else!

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amiaow   

I tried, it won't pre-load. Might sneak in an after-work session to see if it's my home connection or just the country I live in!

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Have you tried Firefox or Safari? Although I didn't encounter the problem you described, the players on these browsers seemed to allow pre-loading of the stream.

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amiaow   

I'm using Chrome. It does pre-load, but it still plays as terribly as it does when not pre-loaded. Strange! I will attempt another browser for next week's episode and hopefully that will help. Thank you for your assistance!

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diane   

That is strange about the shaky, uneven streaming for some of you! I was wondering if it had anything to do with what countries you are in? I have no problems, but I am in Europe. Where are you who are having troubles? Could that be a reason? (or very likely I am just totally illiterate about these things)

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amiaow   

I'm in Brisbane, Australia which is a large city with good internet. I'm about to attempt Episode 6 so keep your fingers crossed :D

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pherank   

I just started watching these videos - very enjoyable so far. It's interesting how many people are choosing to speak in English.

Where did Anna Tsygankova learn her English? From Matthew Golding? ;)
It seems to me she must have been exposed to the language for a good long while to have become so fluent, but I thought she had always danced in Europe.

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