If you’re curious about what ballerinas do all day when they’re not working on their form, look no further than AOL Originals’ city.ballet. The series’ second season debuts on November 4, 2014, on AOL On.
Executive produced by Sarah Jessica Parker, city.ballet. takes a documentary-style approach to its subjects: the dancers, artists, and choreographers of the prestigious New York City Ballet (NYCB). Both seasons of city.ballet. delve into the lives of these NYCB members, exploring how principal dancers work to maintain their status, what newcomers must do to work their way up the ranks, and what happens when an injury threatens a dancer’s entire shot at a career in ballet.
The premiere episode of season two interviews some of the members from Corps de Ballet, a group of 52 entry-level ballet dancers at the NYCB. These dancers are the supporting cast in all the organization’s performances, unless they can prove themselves worthy of having a more forward-facing role. Since the career of a ballet dancer is short compared to other professions, some of the Corps members, like 19-year-old Unity Phelan, aim for “keeping a level head” as they work tirelessly day after day to stand out from the crowd, vying for a shot before it’s too late for them to have a successful standout career.
The sophomore season of city.ballet begins as the general population starts to become more intrigued with ballerinas (or at least NYCB star soloist Misty Copelands‘ incredible athleticism). If you want to see a behind-the-scenes of what the growing interest is all about, you can binge-watch all twelve episodes of the second season on AOL On. You can also visit city.ballet.’s site at cityballet.com for more interviews and bonus content.