Reality check: 'Breaking Point' season wraps up with breakup, possible reunion

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Season two of The CW's docuseries "Breaking Pointe" ended set against the backdrop of a fabulous waterfront estate in Malibu, but emotions were running as high as the tide.

We learned that the marriage of Ballet West dancers Christiana Bennett and Chris Ruud was officially over. That Ballet West 2's Ian Tanzer is now with a company in Sarasota, Fla. That Ronnie Underwood would no longer be clumping along with a cast on his foot.

We learned Mr. Underwood can turn a phrase, calling young soloist Beckanne Sisk "a stunning little animal" on stage.

But the big news, of course, was that Pittsburgh native Allison DeBona and Rex Tilton -- who spent most of the first season in an on-again, off-again relationship -- were almost an item.

"Almost," because Ms. DeBona decided to follow her passion for dance around the same time she realized she didn't have moral support from Jonathan, her longtime boyfriend before she and Rex got together a year ago.

She and Jonathan had reunited, but their long-distance relationship clearly wasn't working. Jonathan wanted her to quit ballet and move to Michigan. But then Ms. DeBona was given a nice promotion, and the old boyfriend didn't come see her dance in "Cinderella."

Following this?

"Life is about compromises," said Adam Sklute, Ballet West artistic director. "But compromises don't mean giving up, and no one should tell someone else to give up their passion."

There was a bit of awkwardness when the troupe went to California to perform at a "friend-raiser." Ms. DeBona and Mr. Tilton performed the pas de deux from Helen Pickett's "But Never Doubt I Love," an intimate and searing piece that echoed their real-life situation.

Although she has made it clear to him that she wants to get back together ("At the root of it, I've loved him the whole time"), Mr. Tilton says, on camera, "I still have a genuine caringness for Allison, but I wouldn't say it would be healthy if we just kind of started things back up right now."

Nonetheless, there was a bit of cuddling the next day when some of the dancers headed to the beach for a bonfire.

It might be some time before word on a renewal for "Breaking Pointe" comes down. In the meantime, Ballet West will be performing "Sleeping Beauty" Oct. 4-5, plus selections from "The Lottery," "Rubies" and "Diamonds" Oct. 6 at the Auditorium Theater in Chicago.

Now, a final quibble: When dancers dance on "Breaking Pointe," might we please have the original music instead of that modern stuff in the background? Thanks.

'Capture' heads toward finale

On "Capture" (The CW, Tuesdays), the scene was set for next week's two-part finale (Tuesday and Wednesday). Ambridge native Antoine Burton had to spend part of the day's hunt wearing a mask that would inhibit breathing, but he and teammate Kareem Dawson successfully eluded the scary-intense White Hunt team.

In the end, Teal went home.


Maria Sciullo: or 412-263-1478 or @MariaSciullPG. First Published September 21, 2013 4:00 AM


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