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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 »


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


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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dance | ballet | ballerina | See All (3) »


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Release Date:

27 February 1966 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

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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Please put this on DVD...WONDERFUL
29 May 2009 | by jfergySee all my reviews

This is such an amazing film. I first saw this when I was about 2 or 3 years old (it's a great film for children and adults). My mom recorded it off the TV one night back in the early 80's. I literally watched it everyday growing up. I couldn't get enough of it. It's what started me dancing and I ended up pursue dance as a career. I still have the VHS recording but it so old. This would be so wonderful to have available to the public! The music is so brilliant (Swan Lake, Coppelia, Sleeping Beauty), the dancing is just lovely, and the story is so sweet. It's where I first learned all of the music to the classic ballets. It's truly wonderful. I highly recommend it.

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