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Ballerina: Part 1 

A rare and vivid look at the kind of work, devotion and hardship that makes a star on the ballet stage is dramatically presented in Ballerina. A young girl (Mette Hønningen) seeks to ... See full synopsis »

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Norman Campbell
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Episode credited cast:
Mette Hønningen Mette Hønningen ... Mette Sorensen
Kirsten Simone Kirsten Simone ... Kirsten Holm
Astrid Villaume Astrid Villaume ... Helga Sorensen
Poul Reichhardt ... Paul Sorensen
Henning Kronstam Henning Kronstam ... Henning Tanberg
Jenny Agutter ... Ingrid Jensen (as Jennifer Agutter)
Blandine Ebinger Blandine Ebinger ... Mme. Karova
Ole Wegener Ole Wegener ... Sven
Erik Mørk Erik Mørk ... Ballet Master
Hans Schwarz Jr. Hans Schwarz Jr. ... Trainer (as Hans Schwarz)
Edvin Tiemroth Edvin Tiemroth ... Theater Director
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Walt Disney ... Himself - Host
Valsø Holm Valsø Holm
Bjørn Puggaard-Müller Bjørn Puggaard-Müller
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A rare and vivid look at the kind of work, devotion and hardship that makes a star on the ballet stage is dramatically presented in Ballerina. A young girl (Mette Hønningen) seeks to dedicate her life to the ballet in Denmark. Although a promising solo dancer, she faces opposition from her strong-willed mother and argumentative boyfriend. An unexpected chance to dance on opening night presents itself, and the graceful girl must overcome family pressures - and a tragic accident that occurs just before curtain time - to make her dream come true. An inspiring story of personal courage and determination, set in the artistic world of the ballet.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 February 1966 (USA) See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.33 : 1
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Alternate Versions

'Ballerina: Part 1' and 'Ballerina: Part 2' were edited together into a full feature movie, 'Ballerina', and released in Denmark with the Danish actors dubbing their own spoken lines in Danish. See more »

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Delightful and charming family movie!
21 July 2002 | by alicebeeSee all my reviews

I first saw "Ballerina" as a young girl who, like most eight-year olds, wanted to be a ballerina or a nurse or a fairy princess. It was showing several times and after seeing it once I was so hooked I begged my mother to record it the next time it came on (twenty years later I still have that video tape). As a child I was entranced by the ballet scenes and the music throughout the production. As an adult, I'm enchanted by the storyline and the deeper themes of hard work and accomplishment. Mette is a young girl whose heart belongs to ballet, but whose loyalties are torn between her commitment to the Royal Danish Ballet, and her parents. Her mother wants Mette to leave the ballet company and live her life the way a young girl should, fun and fancy free. Mette seeks advice and wisdom from her mentor, Kirsten Holmes, an internationally famous ballerina who sees that Mette has the potential to follow in her footsteps. At the same time, Mette is being pestered by a younger student, Ingrid, who believes that Mette is the greatest dancer in the company and wants Mette to tutor her. On top of it all, Mette's love interest, Sven, is also vying for some of her attention. Mette is perfectly happy being part of the woodwork and doesn't want to stand out, but is offered the lead role in a very big production and is honored to accept, but afraid of the amount of hard work it will require. With the gentle encouragement of Kirsten, and the infectious hopefulness of Ingrid, Mette is able to realize her dreams and finds that her success was well worth the effort. The basic plot is simple: you can achieve anything you set your mind to. The dance scenes, performed by the Royal Danish Ballet, are superb and the plot is entrancing. This movie has a special place in my heart because I'm Danish and I love to see any footage of Danmark, but I also enjoy the theme of the film. I was enchanted with this movie as a child and am still under its spell. Viewers of every age are sure to share these same feelings about this delightful and charming family movie!


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