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The School of American Ballet Docuseries “On Pointe” Is Coming to Disney+

We've been dying to hear more about "On Pointe," a docuseries following students at the School of American Ballet, since we first got wind of the project this spring. Now—finally!—we know where this can't-miss show is going to live: It was just announced that Disney+, the new streaming service set to launch November 12, has ordered the series.


Otherwise, "On Pointe" remains fairly mysterious. We've heard that there will be six episodes, following a year in the life of a group of SAB students, including their prep for New York City Ballet's production of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker. We know that its crew got unprecedented access to SAB, and that its producers include bold-faced names like Ron Howard. We know that this most recent news puts "On Pointe" in excellent dance company, since Disney+ is also home to the much-anticipated "High School Musical: The Musical: The Series."

All of which to say we're still very much hoping "On Pointe" will fill the "Strictly Ballet"–sized hole in our hearts. (Pretty, pretty please!)

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How Do You Make a Theater Safe Again?

Last summer, months before the word "coronavirus" became part of our daily lexicon, American Repertory Theater artistic director Diane Paulus started working with an unexpected expert: Joseph Allen, an assistant professor of exposure assessment science at Harvard's H.T. Chan School of Public Health and head of the university's Healthy Buildings Program. According to Boston Magazine, Paulus was starting to plan out A.R.T.'s new venue at Harvard, and wanted to design a "healthy" theater.

So when COVID-19 began shutting everything down, the team had already put in months of work considering how to make a performing arts venue safe. To share their ideas with other theaters, A.R.T. published a blueprint online that will be continually updated. Although the "Roadmap for Recovery and Resilience for Theater" is not meant to be comprehensive or prescriptive, it offers several insightful factors to consider:

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