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A film by Ron Steinman & Eileen Douglas

56 minutes, documentary, color, 2014

DVD Extras: Photo Gallery • Biographies

What is life like for a dancer when they can no longer dance? Inspired by Merrill Ashley's departure from the New York City Ballet as an acclaimed principal dancer, this new documentary captures the poignancy of this life turning point. After a struggle to find her next step, today Merrill Ashley travels around the world teaching Balanchine to dance companies that perform his works as once she did. This is the story of any dancer - or in truth any one of us - who needs to find their way into a new life.

An excellent documentary on Merrill Ashley's career and her goodbye... Bravo! Bravo!”
- Jacques d'Amboise, Former Principal Dancer, NYCB & Founder, National Dance Institute

“I've always been a huge fan of New York City Ballet ballerina Merrill Ashley, and her transition story will touch the heart of every lover of dance and, more importantly, every dancer who will face this challenge; it certainly touched mine. This project is a must-see!” - Chita Rivera, 2-time Tony Award Winner and Broadway Legend

“When a dancer wakes up one morning and is no longer a part of the dance community, it's an incredible loss that is devastating. Yet, transition from a dance career into another career is a journey of rediscovering who you are. 'The Dance Goodbye' beautifully shows how that journey plays out by following ballerina Merrill Ashley in a documentary that offers a rare look inside the dancer's life when the dance, but not life itself, is finished.”
- Alexander J. Dubé, President, Career Transition For Dancers

UPC: 720229916509 | Catalog #: FRF916509D | $24.95 | Street: May 12
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