Disney+ Orders 6-Part Ballet Docuseries From Brian Grazer and Ron Howard

“On Pointe” will center on the students of New York’s School of American Ballet


Disney+ has ordered a six-part non-fiction series about the School of American Ballet in New York City from Imagine’s Ron Howard and Brian Grazer.

The series, “On Pointe,” marks the first time the famed 85-year-old Lincoln Center-based school will open its doors to cameras, allowing for access to its facility, classes, faculties and students.

According to Disney, “On Pointe” will capture a “year in the life” of the young students of the School of American Ballet (SAB). Shot in true vérité, observational style, “On Pointe” will follow SAB students through their audition process, training, and home and school lives, including their preparation for New York City Ballet’s annual performances of George Balanchine’s “The Nutcracker,” on the Lincoln Center stage.

For high school students, the series will follow them as they train for entry into the New York City Ballet and other companies that will determine the rest of their professional careers.

The Disney+ original series will be executive produced by Grazer, Howard, Justin Wilkes and Sara Bernstein for Imagine. DCTV’s Matthew O’Neill also is an executive producer and showrunner. Larissa Bills produces and directs.

“On Pointe” joins Disney+’s slate of original nonfiction content including Nat Geo’s “The World According to Jeff Goldblum,” Kristen Bell’s “Encore!” and “The Imagineering Story” documentary series from Leslie Iwerks.

Disney+ is available beginning Nov. 12.