Parents' Guide to

Breaking Pointe

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Intensity, drama mark eye-opening ballet reality series.

TV CW Reality TV 2012
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age 12+

Based on 1 parent review

age 12+

Drinking scenes in some episodes sends wrong message

Parents should be aware that the drinking is not always just a casual thing at the bar. These young adults are shown having body shots off of each other in at least 1 episode from year 1 and 1 episode from year 2. Having only a naive 10 year old not sure what age would be appropriate but sorry 12 is too young to send the message that because you work so hard towards your dreams it is OK to behave and cut loose like this even if it's only once in a while. Sends the wrong message.

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They may be beautiful and graceful, but there's nothing delicate about the subjects of this eye-opening reality series ... or the series itself, for that matter. Even if you already know a barre from a bar and the point of pointe shoes, you might be surprised at the intensity of this rare behind-the-scenes glimpse of the world of professional dance. In a place where your closest friends are also your biggest competition and fresh hopefuls are always gunning for your job, mental toughness can mean the difference between success and falling short of your goal.

Surprisingly, though, even within this tense climate, there's little of the overt nastiness and backbiting we've come to expect from reality shows among the cast, most of whom keep up friendly pretenses in mixed company and even go so far as to call out their competition for their skills. Ultimately Breaking Pointe is a thought-provoking, if intense, example of the positive side of reality entertainment: a series that shines a spotlight on regular people making their dreams come true through hard work, sacrifice, and dedication.

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