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TuTuMuch (2010/First Run DVD)

Picture: B- Sound: B- Extras: D Documentary: B+

It is a summer of hopes and dreams for young female dancers to get into the Royal Winnipeg Ballet summer program in Elise Swerhone's TuTuMuch (2010). Girls who graduate from that school are able to consider themselves world class ballet dancers. From ages 11-14 there are 7,000 candidates only 70 make it. It takes skills, talent, passion, endurance, and the sacrifices to become a professional dancer.

A ballerina is beautiful and graceful and so is their dance, but the road to becoming one is hardly the same. Girls with natural talent first selected and then train from a young age, and even then it might not be enough. Other traits the teachers look for are natural body structure, looks, attitude and the willingness to endure pain. They are often shaped, molded and tested at the school to see if they are worthy for further time and progression. The school is like a machine meat grinder and bottleneck for talent, only a few make it and with each progressing year even fewer make it every following year, until finally the school ends up with the perfect ballerinas.

This film gives you a bit of look into how scary the world of dance competition can be. The story of how young girls, basically molded into the 'ideal' of perfection and beauty. Underneath the beautiful tutu is a story of pain, suffering and sacrifices. I don't know which is worse, how the teachers treat the girls like machines and then toss out the ones they don't think is good enough, or how the girls would choose to want something like this. A majority of the girls ends up with broken dreams and then sent home. I think girls of the school have great talent, but the school keep the enrollment numbers low in order to just keep the value of their dancers high.

There are no extras, but the digitally shot anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image and lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 sound are nicely recorded for the format.

- Ricky Chiang


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