ADDITIONAL NOTES: completed airing its first season on 6/11/14; has yet to be renewed for a second season
DESCRIPTION: (from Ovation's press release, April 2014) Ovation, America's only arts network, presents the U.S. television premiere of Big Ballet, the seat-gripping docu-series about making dreams come true for plus-sized dancers. Wayne Sleep, the shortest man ever to become principal dancer with London's Royal Ballet Company, and Monica Loughman, a Russian-trained prima ballerina, are determined to prove that grace and beauty can be found in untraditional sizes. Big Ballet premieres on Wednesday, May 28 at 10 p.m. ET, only on Ovation. Each one-hour episode of the three part series follows 18 unlikely performers as they transform into amazing classical dancers. While some of the Big Ballet hopefuls are novices, others have years of experience, like 52-year-old Christine. Having loved ballet since being a small child, Christine achieved her ambition of winning a place at the Royal Ballet School. But, having been told she wouldn't fit their criteria because at 4' 11" she was "too short and the wrong build," she became obsessed with the way she looked and stopped eating, eventually having to return home and sever all ties with ballet.