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The Dance Goodbye

Director - Ron Steinman
Run Time - 56 minutes
Languages - English
Format - DVD / Digital Streaming
Year - 2014
Genre - Documentary

Educational Interests- Aging, American Studies, Biographies/Profiles, Cultural Studies, Dance, Disability Studies, Performance, Psychology, Women’s Studies

Institutional DVD Price: $195

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 documentary, created by Ron Steinman and Eileen Douglas, 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 which 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

"In this delicate exploration of artistic tradition, a Balanchine dancer facing retirement transforms herself from muse into keeper of the flame." - Jan Huttner, FF2 Media

"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. Dube, President, Career Transition For Dancers

"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; Kennedy Center Award; Presidential Medal of Freedom; Rolex Dance Award

"The frank presentation of the emotional process of retiring from one's career is why I highly recommend this for libraries supporting dance majors, dancers beginning their careers, and parents and educators who support dancers. Collections supporting retirement, retirees, and aging will also want to include this film."
- Educational Media Reviews Online