Today we’d like to introduce you to Ally and Emily Helman.
Ally and Emily started dancing as young children in Southern California and grew up to be professional ballerinas. They trained at the prestigious School of American Ballet in New York City and later went on to dance professionally with The New York City Ballet, Boston Ballet, Sarasota Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet. Due to the already incredibly low employment rate of the ballet world the pandemic is really taking a toll on the arts and its members. As a result, most companies are completely shut down and an incredible number of our countries greatest dancers are unemployed and moving back home. Ally and Emily returned home due to these circumstances, but that did not stop them from being the creative artists they are. Ballet Project TV, a social marketplace, resource platform, and broadcast network, was born in early April of 2020. Ballet Project TV is a sister company to Ballet Project OC (a professional ballet company established in 2019 by the Helmans). Currently Ballet Project OC is hard at work giving opportunity and work to dancers and choreographers across the LA area, bringing new and original work to the stage. Ballet Project TV broadcasts these quality works on its network, reaching a nationwide even global audience.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
No road is smooth when it comes to ballet. There are always bumps in the road that ultimately lead and prepare you for your future. For us, we have faced a lot of rejection in the face of a perfection driven ballet world. Being told you are “too tall’ or “just don’t fit the mold they are looking for” is almost an everyday event in the life of a dancer. Not only is the ballet world incredibly selective, there is a daily struggle to show up and strive for perfection knowing you will never get there.
For our young growing companies, there have many challenges as well. We are not immune to the effects of Covid 19, even though we strive to push forward with safety and resilience. In a time of an economic and health crisis, it can be difficult to have every piece of the puzzle work in your favor but the struggle is well worth bringing art and an escape to our community when they need it most.
Ballet Project OC, Ballet Project TV – what should we know? What do you do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Ballet Project OC bringing emerging choreographers and dancers to Orange County, California. We are known for our original works, talented artists, and our family-like community. We pride ourselves on prioritizing our dancers, giving them the care and support they need to be the best artists they can be.
Ballet Project TV is most known for its broadcast network. Not only do we stream BPOC shows but many other companies performances as well. This winter, you can catch a number of holiday performances hosted on the BPTV Broadcast network. Ballet Project TV is bringing art safely and affordably into your home, making it more accessible to the public.
What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
The proudest moment of our career thus far is getting to provide opportunity for our dancers to perform on stage in the midst of these crazy times. Even though we perform to an empty audience, there’s this silent satisfaction among the dancers because they know that they are touching people near and far with their work.
- BPOC Nutcracker Tickets on sale now – $25 – https://www.balletproject.tv/product/bpoc-2020-nutcracker-live-broadcast-event-12-19-2020-7pm/
- BPOC Bundle Show Package-2020 Fall and Summer Performances – $29.95 – https://www.balletproject.tv/product/ballet-project-oc-summer-event-show-and-new-fall-live-event-bundle/
- Website: www.balletproject.tv
- Phone: (714)318-3130
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- Instagram: @balletprojectoc, @ballet_project_tv
Jack Hartin Photography, Juliana Godlewski