Juliet Doherty Is Set to Star in a New Ballet Film

We've loved Juliet Doherty from the moment we saw her as Clara in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular—a pint-sized prima-to-be who lit up the whole stage with her sunny charisma (and impressed all the bunheads in the audience with her top-notch technique). Since then, Juliet has done so much: given a thoughtful TEDx Talk about "being great," earned accolades at multiple ballet competitions, graced the cover of our March 2014 issue, performed in a Susan Stroman musical, studied at San Francisco Ballet School and Master Ballet Academy. And now, as she revealed yesterday, she's set to add "movie star" to her very impressive resume.

The film is called On Pointe, and the premise sounds promising: A teenage ballet student (Juliet) has to sell the idea of dancing professionally to her mom, and to herself. A note on the project's Kickstarter page says that it will be a "positive, empowering and accurate look at the world of dance," counteracting the awful way ballet is often presented in popular culture. "Unlike others of its kind, this film won't be an angsty teen romance or a melodrama about a psychopath," it continues. To which we say: AMEN.

The film won Best Feature Screenplay at the Chandler International Film Festival in September. But its director/writer and producer need financial support to take it from script to screen. Friends, let's get on this! Visit On Pointe's Kickstarter page to make a donation—and watch the promo video, which features lots of beautiful footage of Juliet in action, below.

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