Ballet in Cinema

Ballet superstar David Hallberg has put on yet another hat: National Spokesperson for Ballet in Cinema, which brings some of the best ballet companies in the world to the big screen and main-stream audiences. (It seems like he's everywhere I turn these days—and I'm not complaining!)

As part of his involvement in Ballet in Cinema, Hallberg is starring in The Dancer, a short film directed by Pierce Jackson, that opened last Sunday. In it, he talks about how he views ballet, and he even tells about wanting to be a tap dancer before he discovered The Nutcracker! Plus, there are lots of gorgeous slow-motion clips of him and his dynamite technique.

This short film will run alongside all of Emerging Pictures' Ballet in Cinema and Opera in Cinema screenings through the remainder of 2013. Click here for the schedule.

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