The Secret Lives of Dancers, which is the Royal New Zealand Ballet's major hit TV reality show, airs only in New Zealand on Tuesdays. However, some blessed angels, like Flowerbomb, have managed to load it on to YouTube and Vimeo so that we all can enjoy it - at least for a while until someone yanks it down.
Below is Season 2, Episode 3 when the company dancers find out that ABT's Stella Abrera is coming to town to dance Aurora in RNZB's massive new production of Sleeping Beauty. There is a short clip of one of her variations at about 2'35" but she doesn't actually arrive until Episode 4 which follows below. Our angel Flowerbomb has uploaded all of the Season 2 episodes so far broadcast to Vimeo. This show is addictive. But besides loving it for including Stella, the RNZB dancer who the producers seem to "go to" for his insight and ability to draw out responses from his colleagues, Jaered Glavin, is priceless.
The program's producers rightly refer to Stella as a "prima ballerina" and "one of the best dancers in America." Yes, she certainly is. What a shame it is that we don't get to see her dance more often.
Season 2, Episode 4.
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