Ballet dancer lands lead role in Starz series 'Flesh and Bone'

Ballet dancer lands lead role in Starz series 'Flesh and Bone'
The upcoming drama series "Flesh and Bone" on the Starz cable channel will star ballet dancer Sarah Hay as an emotionally troubled performer. (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)

"Flesh and Bone," a new drama series set in the world of professional ballet, has landed at the cable network Starz, which has hired a real-life ballet dancer for the lead role. Sarah Hay, an American dancer who has performed with the Semperoper Ballet in Dresden, Germany, will play the part of Claire, a disturbed young performer who joins a New York ballet company.

The series is expected to begin airing on Starz in 2015. Former "Breaking Bad" producer Moira Walley-Beckett is the creative force behind the show. Lawrence Bender, who has produced many of Quentin Tarantino's movies and who is a former dancer himself, is serving as an executive producer for the series.

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Hay won't be the only professional dancer involved with the series. Ethan Stiefel, who was a longtime principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre in New York, will serve as choreographer and a consultant on the show.

Two past and present ABT dancers are also joining the cast -- former principal dancer Irina Dvorovenko and current soloist Sascha Radetsky.

"Flesh and Bone" follows the emotional and professional journey of Claire, a talented and ambitious dancer who has deep psychological issues. The show is said to be a dark and gritty look at the world of professional ballet.

The world of ballet has served as a backdrop for movies and TV shows as diverse as "The Turning Point," "Center Stage" and "Black Swan," as well as the canceled ABC Family series "Bunheads."

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