Ghetto Ballet • TV-14, 30-Dec-2009
GHETTO BALLET follows the inter-linked stories of a number of students in a groundbreaking program called DANCE FOR ALL.
The raison d'etre of the program- founded by Philip Boyd and his late wife Phyllis Spira - is to give disadvantaged kids in the townships the opportunity to study ballet and, if they are lucky, find a way out by joining a professional ballet company
Filming over a number of months with a small intimate crew we followed students as they battled the odds and their demons to try and stick with the program.
It is routinely expected that young men coming of age in the townships prove their manhood by getting a girl pregnant and while they may have the best of intentions in so doing, the reality is that rarely can the young couple support themselves let alone a baby.
Simbahle, who is one of the most vocal members of the class, exhorts her colleagues not to go this route and to keep focused on the program. Meanwhile she must try and convince her mother to let her continue to dance and try to shed the extra pounds that are hurting her chances of becoming a ballerina.