Flesh and Bone

Dance is an art form that has shaped my mind, body and life. Even though my preferred style is hard hitting and diva-esque, the lightness and undeniable strength of ballet has always intrigued me.

My mother introduced me to a new show over the Thanksgiving break, STARZ mini series "Flesh and Bone." Like I need another show to get addicted to. I am only on the third episode, but I am already hooked.

These dancers, or angels as labeled by artistic director Paul Greyson, are already filled to the brim with many layers. Even though the main focus is on Claire Robins, the new girl in town with incredible talent, the other supporting characters are what gives this show its dark undertone.


Claire and Ross during episode "Cannon Fodder."

Kiira is the prima ballerina at the American Ballet Company being dethroned by Claire right from the first episode. She is working hard to maintain her status in the ballet world while secretly snorting coke in the bathroom.

Daphne is a wealthy dancer filled to the brim with style and cockiness. She lets Claire in on a foreseeable secret that she takes on the role of a stripper at night for her own pleasure. Her stage performance is my favorite scene of the first episode.

Ross is the company's leading man who is still very mysterious to me. Even though he has taken a liking to Claire and made his intentions known, he seems to be only picking with her. I see a predictable romance in the making.


 Claire Robbins played by Sarah Hay.

Claire Robbins played by Sarah Hay.

This season looks promising but I do not think it would capture the interest of anybody who does not already have an invested passion for the dance world. I might be secretly staying to just see the artistic peices. The darkness of each show sucks me in all the same.

It is dully noted that there is only one black ballet dancer who happens to be male and gay. This is very interesting since the face of the real modern-day American Ballet Company is Misty Copeland, a force to be reckoned with. The only black female characters are unnamed strippers at Daphne's club.

All in all this show is worth a try for anybody looking for an inside scope on the complex world of ballet.

-- Ms. Parker --