Flesh And Bone

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When dancer Sarah Hay, who plays Amer­i­can Bal­let Com­pany new­comer Claire Robins, read the script for the first episode of bal­let mini-se­ries Flesh And Bone (2015), she thought, “Wow, this seems like I’ve lived this be­fore. This is so weird.” And yes, dance does get crazily dra­matic. “I’ve been screamed at by di­rec­tors be­cause my shoes weren’t the right colour on­stage,” Sarah says. There were still as­pects she found strange, ad­mit­ting that “the sit­u­a­tions where I was put against an­other dancer, ver­bally, was very chal­leng­ing for me”. But in terms of dance, she’s on pointe…

The 29-year-old has been danc­ing 1

“for­ever”. She started for­mal train­ing aged eight, grad­u­at­ing from New York’s Amer­i­can Bal­let The­ater in 2006.

With her rel­a­tively (for a dancer) 2

short and cur­va­ceous build, Sarah bat­tled to find roles in the US. “They have this cookie-cut­ter idea of be­ing skinny and tall,” she says. Her strug­gle has been worked into Claire’s sto­ry­line over the show’s eight episodes.

Sarah took a break from her ca­reer 3

as a soloist at the Dres­den Sem­per­oper Bal­lett in Ger­many, where she’s been danc­ing since 2009, to film the once-off se­ries. The mo­ment film­ing wrapped, she was back at work, pre­par­ing for their 2016 tour of Rus­sia.

This isn’t Sarah’s first time danc­ing 4

on cam­era – she was an un­named mem­ber of the bal­let corps in the 2010 Os­car-winning film Black Swan.

Sarah ig­nored the show’s in­vita5

tion to au­di­tion as she thought it was a re­al­ity show. It was cre­ator/ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Moira Wal­ley-Beck­ett’s Emmy Award-winning work as story edi­tor, writer and pro­ducer on Break­ing Bad (2008-2013) that con­vinced her to take the chance. NB! More on p7.

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