Bright outfits, accessories, and evening make-up... On an Indian street of red lanterns, girls as young as 14 dance for male patrons. But behind the ‘dancing’ lurks prostitution. The girls’ stories are varied: some need the money; others were sold into sex slavery, or coerced into ‘dancing’ by beatings. Every evening, they wait for customers to come choose which girl will entertain them that night.
Get up close and personal with some young women confined to wheelchairs, but who haven’t let their disability prevent them from doing what they love. Watch how they learn to waltz on wheels, as they prepare for the now annual ‘Miss Independence’ beauty contest.
Becoming a professional ballerina is a journey that begins at a young age and is extremely competitive. We meet young girls devoting their lives to the profession, as well as the women, who end up on the very top, performing on stage at the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg.
The Moiseyev Ballet is a world-acclaimed folk dance group. Its members are dedicated to carrying the legacy of its great founder to audiences the world over. But in doing so, they have to be prepared to sacrifice their health – and personal ambitions – in order to keep their ballet the best of the best.
After leaving the Moscow Ballet company to pursue his career in classical ballet, soloist Dmitry Prusakov joins the famous Kremlin Ballet. He now works inside the Kremlin walls, in the very heart of Moscow. This is a dream job for many dancers, but those who get in must prove themselves.
Tensions are running high in the theatre of another "Arabesque" competition contestant, Japanese dancer, Hayato Nisidzima. He and his colleagues at the Moscow Ballet are devoted fans of classical ballet, while their choreographer prefers contemporary dance.
In this episode, we spend more time with two of the "Arabesque" ballet competition contestants. Anna and Ivan are married and both work at the Natalya Sats Children’s Music Theatre, where they’re dance partners. During a rehearsal, Anna breaks her foot, putting the couple’s participation in jeopardy.
"Arabesque" is an international ballet competition held in Russia. A victory here is a significant achievement that can launch an emerging talent's career. In this episode, we meet young hopefuls from Russia and across the world are ready to take on the competition.
The Russian Ballet company’s exhausting tour of Germany has come to an end, but there’s no time to relax. The decision has been made to stage “The Last Tango”, a production that had previously been cancelled due to Anna’s illness. The team takes on this new challenge.
The tour of Germany has a gruelling schedule and it’s beginning to take its toll on the ballet dancers. Dmitry is under the weather and Anna’s desperate for a day off, but they have no time to relax. Next stop is Frankfurt – the first German city to welcome the Russian dancers. Here they’ll encounter a very demanding audience.
The Russian Ballet Theatre goes on a tour of Germany. A gruelling schedule leaves them no time for rest or sightseeing. Checking into a different city every day, they need to quickly adapt to new places and stages…some of which prove extraordinary difficult to dance on.
Young Sofia Valiulina is entrusted with a lead role in “The Nutcracker” and now has to prove herself to her teachers. She’s technically capable of performing the role, but can she hold her nerve? Meanwhile, Arutyun decides not to wait for his injured foot to heal completely before making a return to the stage.
In the second episode, we get to meet some of Russia’s foremost ballet dancers. They are the stars of the show, basking in the limelight and the adoration of their audiences. But they also carry the lion’s share of the responsibility for the success of their show. They must stay in perfect shape and can’t even afford to fall ill.
Extended version. The famous Vaganova Ballet Academy in St.Petersburg welcomes the most talented and determined young dancers, who are willing to dedicate their lives to ballet. Director's cut.