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Busting the Ballet Myths with Breaking Pointe’s Allison DeBona

Written on July 22, 2013 at 1:09 pm , by

DeBona flies through the air during one of her many performances. (Photo courtesy of Erik Ostling/The CW)

Can you imagine working out nine hours a day? Me neither. But that’s what professional ballerinas do Monday through Friday, in addition to strength training, conditioning and technique workshops. Whoa. We got a glimpse of the life of a dancer in the first season of Breaking Pointe, a reality series that follows a group of dancers at Ballet West, a professional ballet company in Salt Lake City, Utah. To kick off the start of the second season on the CW, we chatted with Allison DeBona, one of the dancers featured on the show about what it takes to become a professional dancer and what putting your life on TV is really like.

How did you get started dancing?

When I was three years old, my mom put me in gymnastics and dancing. I gravitated more toward dancing and that was that!

Was there ever a point that you got sick of it?

Yes, I actually quit for a while from 8th grade until junior year of high school.

Wow, that’s a big gap. How did you get back into the scene?

I had always loved ballet and the reasons I walked away from it wasn’t because I didn’t like it, I just had a lot of other stuff going on at that moment. When I went back I was just really determined. I did go to college though–most ballet dancers who try to go professional do it right after high school. My parents and I discussed it and we thought it was best if I went to college since I had taken so much time off. I went to Indiana University and they have a ballet program so I worked hard there and then got a job at 24 years old at Ballet West, which is pretty late age-wise for a ballerina. Read more