Breaking Pointe\'s Allison DeBona Defends Ballet West and Hypes Season 2 — Exclusive
Breaking Pointe’s Allison DeBona Defends Ballet West and Hypes Season 2 — Exclusive
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Breaking Pointe’s Allison DeBona Defends Ballet West and Hypes Season 2 — Exclusive


After online critics took a stab at the CW show Breaking Pointe for showing more behind-the-scenes drama than dancing, one of the show's stars took to Facebook to defend her decision to become part of the show that shows the struggles of dancers at Ballet West in Salt Lake City.

"We have received such harsh criticism from all facets, dancers and non-dancers alike because of Breaking Pointe and how it has given ballet a 'bad name,'" writes Allison DeBona.

"Well, at least we have a name now. A year and a half ago, I'm sure many of you never knew Ballet West even existed. Do you see where I'm going here?"

Wetpaint Entertainment called Allison up to discuss her decision to publicly defend Breaking Pointe and what the experience on the show has meant for her.

Wetpaint Entertainment: We, obviously, read what you wrote on Facebook. You seem to feel very strongly about the reactions to your show. What prompted you to write that in the first place?

Allison DeBona: I guess what prompted me was mostly anger. But I just wonder, what do people want out of us on the show? We don't sit in the studio all day long. We're in there 8 hours of a 24-hour day, and we all go through normal-people stuff. It really is a stigma that we are glass dolls to the rest of the world. We are these beautiful, perfect little beings. Is that what they expect us to be like in our personal lives? Hell no. When someone wrote, "I'm tired of the drama. Oh my God, Beckanne!" I'm like, "Beckanne is going through growing pains, people. Did you not go through growing pains?"

It's also a reality TV show.

That's it. And I think that's what people aren't getting. It's like, "We want to see more dancing, more dancing, more dancing." You will, but you have to be patient. We're building up to that as well.

When you signed up for the show, was there any talk about roughly how much would be about your life and how much would be about your work?

No. Actually, there really wasn't ever talk about that — and, last season, Rex and I were really shocked about how much of our personal lives were on the show. We were like, "Wait a minute. No one said it was going to be like this." You don't really want people to know all these things that are happening in your life. But then you did sign up for a reality television show, and I guess that just goes with the territory. But I've said it before, and I really do mean it — people didn't even know that Ballet West existed [before]. And now we're on the map. We're going on tour a whole lot more than we were, and I just get frustrated with people who are like, "This is a disgrace to Ballet West." We took a chance on something.

Do you think that, thanks to your show and So You Think You Can Dance, interest in dance is growing?

Well, it's funny that you're correlating So You Think You Can Dance to our show, because So You Think You Can Dance is a step below us. They're not professional yet. They're trying to get to where we're at. So you're not seeing all the grittiness on So You Think You Can Dance, but I will be damned if there aren't people backstage who are acting the same exact way that we do. It's the dance world, and it's a different aspect of the dance world. We're showing the sides that aren't so pretty all the time. It's funny how things are received. And that show is well- received. All they're showing is the dancing part, or like when somebody cries one time, and you don't even know why they're crying.

But it's different. They're competing for something.

Exactly. And that's the difference between the cast of Breaking Pointe and probably the cast of every other show on television. They want to become professional artists, whether in the movies, or TV, or whatever else. Well, we're already there. We're professionals. So this was just to help bring ballet to the forefront, and that's the only reason why we did the show. And as an artist, I've really grown through this experience because of what I'm going through in my real life.

How do you figure?

Because when you go through relationship issues, or you see your friends like Christiana going through something like that, it helps you gain perspective. You're going to see at the end of this season, Rex and I dance together in a pas de deux, and it means a lot to us. It's very emotional, and it really does embody what he and I have gone through in our real lives. It brings it to a whole other level. Even Adam has said to us, "I almost feel embarrassed to watch you two. I honestly feel like you're letting me into a place that's private." And that's the ultimate accomplishment.

What's coming up in the next few episodes of Breaking Pointe?

Well, there are definitely contract renewals, so everybody found out about my promotion earlier than everybody else. But you're going to find out — between Zach and Ian — who gets a job and who doesn't… how Rex is doing, if he's going to get the promotion he wants… and you're probably going to see just the final touches of rehearsals before opening night, which is usually the craziest time. The two weeks leading up to opening night are always wacky in the studio because everybody starts to get stressed out. Everybody's like, "Oh, we have time. We have time." And then all of a sudden, you're like, "S—t. We don't have any time."

Breaking Pointe airs Mondays at 9 p.m. ET on The CW.