Sept. 15, 2010
 
“STEVEN CARAS: SEE THEM DANCE” Completes NYC Filming by Huntington's Emmy Winning Deborah Novak
 
By Huntingtonnews.net Staff
 
New York (HNN) - STEVEN CARAS: SEE THEM DANCE, a new public television documentary presented by Arizona PBS, has wrapped up filming in New York.
 
The program concerns the life and work of Mr. Caras, a former New York City Ballet dancer, who transformed his career to become one of the most famous dance photographers of all time.
 
Directed by Emmy Award winner, Deborah Novak, Steve’s story begins in the 1950s, when men did not readily pursue a career in ballet, as they do today. In spite of the bullying he endured, he persevered and received full scholarships to the Joffrey School and the School of American Ballet in New York City. At 18, with only three years of training, he was personally invited by George Balanchine to join the New York City Ballet.
 
Without question, Balanchine would change his life.
 
During a 10 year period of dancing with NYCB, Balanchine took note of Caras’ gift as a photographer and granted him privileged access to photograph all aspects of City Ballet’s private world.
 
STEVEN CARAS: SEE THEM DANCE will present rare, behind the scenes photographs and interviews with international dance stars such as, Peter Martins, Mia Michaels, Jacques d’Amboise, Allegra Kent, Patricia McBride, Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, Sean Lavery, Kay Mazzo, Elizabeth Streb, Virginia Johnson, and many others.
 
In addition, Wall Street Journal Critic Terry Teachout, Dance Writer Mindy Aloft, Photography expert Sarah Morthland, and New York Public Library’s Executive Director, Jacqueline Davis will all appear in the program and comment upon Caras‘ work.
 
Above all, the documentary will feature Steven Caras’ striking photographs, which will give viewers an intimate behind-the-scenes look at the ballet world, including dancers’ personal stories of challenge and heroic accomplishment.
 
STEVEN CARAS: SEE THEM DANCE will be presented by Arizona PBS in March, 2011 and will be made available to all stations in the public television system.



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