Play the Trailer

Ballet High

Nominee - Allan King Award for Excellence in Documentary
DGC Awards
Nominee - Best Direction in a Performing Arts Program
Gemini Awards

It’s catty and poignant...an eye-opening glimpse into a unique world. Watching these kids dance, it’s also strikingly beautiful

The Globe and Mail

Through compelling, personal testimony, Ballet High captures the experience of several remarkable young people on the cusp of a career that demands nothing less than the impossible - perfection.

Michael Crabb

Dance Critic, National Post

Ballet High is full of fabulous energy. The performances are youthful and strong. The struggles are real. It’s a joyous celebration of the hard won art of dance.

Heidi Hagenlocher

Dance International

It’s catty and poignant...an eye-opening glimpse into a unique world. Watching these kids dance, it’s also strikingly beautiful

The Globe and Mail

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Suspendisse varius enim in eros elementum tristique. Duis cursus, mi quis viverra ornare, eros dolor interdum nulla, ut commodo diam libero vitae erat. Aenean faucibus nibh et justo cursus id rutrum lorem imperdiet. Nunc ut sem vitae risus tristique posuere.

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Suspendisse varius enim in eros elementum tristique. Duis cursus, mi quis viverra ornare, eros dolor interdum nulla, ut commodo diam libero vitae erat. Aenean faucibus nibh et justo cursus id rutrum lorem imperdiet. Nunc ut sem vitae risus tristique posuere.

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Suspendisse varius enim in eros elementum tristique. Duis cursus, mi quis viverra ornare, eros dolor interdum nulla, ut commodo diam libero vitae erat. Aenean faucibus nibh et justo cursus id rutrum lorem imperdiet. Nunc ut sem vitae risus tristique posuere.

The Story

Ballet High is a unique window into the world of a group of remarkable teenagers leading far-from-typical teenage lives.

This is the story of the graduating class of Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Professional Division.  For the last seven years, it's been non-stop plies, jetés, pas de deuxs and pirouettes for these teens who have come from all over the world to pursue their dream of becoming a professional ballet dancer.

For senior students in their graduating year the work is harder than ever before.  They must balance graduating from high school with dance classes and stress-filled performance tours while at the same time auditioning for professional companies. 

Directed by Elise Swerhone (Ballet Girls, One Ocean), this intimate and compelling documentary reveals the hard lessons and personal dilemmas that the graduates are facing as they look ahead with great hopes for a career in professional ballet – a career that demands nothing less than the impossible – perfection. 

As final exams draw near, these classmates – who are best friends and closer than family – can’t afford to let anything get in the way of what they're all there to do… dance. After living most of their teenage years away from their families who have spent up to $150,000 to make this dream come true - the stakes are high. They have this final year to prove that they have what it takes to become a professional dancer.

Co-produced with Emmy award-winning vonnie VON HELMOLT film.

Directed by:

Featuring:

Watch it:

For home use only. Also see educational sales below.

Buy

This film is currently not available for home use. Consider signing up for our news updates where we announce new product arrivals!

Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.

Distribution & Educational Sales

Please contact us if you'd like more information.

Not available for distribution.

Production Format: 

Educational Sales:

To purchase this title for Educational use please visit our educational sales store.

Duration(s)

Press Materials

Distribution & Educational Sales

Please contact us if you'd like more information.

Not available for distribution.

Production Format: 

Educational Sales:

To purchase this title for Educational use please visit our educational sales store.

Duration(s)

Other films you might enjoy...

Take Action

About The Team

Director
Elise Swerhone

A MERIT MOTION PICTURES AND vonnie VON HELMOLT film


EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS MERIT JENSEN CARR, VONNIE VON HELMOLT

PRODUCERS MERIT JENSEN CARR, VONNIE VON HELMOLT, ELISE SWERHONE

DIRECTOR ELISE SWERHONE

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY KEITH EIDSE

EDITOR ROBERT LOWER

ORIGINAL MUSIC SHAWN PIERCE

Released:
2009