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Ballerina: Part 1 

A rare and vivid look at the kind of work, devotion and hardship that makes a star on the ballet stage is dramatically presented in Ballerina. A young girl (Mette Hønningen) seeks to ... See full synopsis »


Norman Campbell


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Episode credited cast:
Mette Hønningen Mette Hønningen ... Mette Sorensen
Kirsten Simone Kirsten Simone ... Kirsten Holm
Astrid Villaume Astrid Villaume ... Helga Sorensen
Poul Reichhardt ... Paul Sorensen
Henning Kronstam Henning Kronstam ... Henning Tanberg
Jenny Agutter ... Ingrid Jensen (as Jennifer Agutter)
Blandine Ebinger ... Mme. Karova
Ole Wegener Ole Wegener ... Sven
Erik Mørk Erik Mørk ... Ballet Master
Hans Schwarz Jr. Hans Schwarz Jr. ... Trainer (as Hans Schwarz)
Edvin Tiemroth Edvin Tiemroth ... Theater Director
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Walt Disney ... Himself - Host
Valsø Holm Valsø Holm
Bjørn Puggaard-Müller Bjørn Puggaard-Müller


A rare and vivid look at the kind of work, devotion and hardship that makes a star on the ballet stage is dramatically presented in Ballerina. A young girl (Mette Hønningen) seeks to dedicate her life to the ballet in Denmark. Although a promising solo dancer, she faces opposition from her strong-willed mother and argumentative boyfriend. An unexpected chance to dance on opening night presents itself, and the graceful girl must overcome family pressures - and a tragic accident that occurs just before curtain time - to make her dream come true. An inspiring story of personal courage and determination, set in the artistic world of the ballet.

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Plot Keywords:

dance | ballet | ballerina | See All (3) »


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Release Date:

27 February 1966 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Alternate Versions

'Ballerina: Part 1' and 'Ballerina: Part 2' were edited together into a full feature movie, 'Ballerina', and released in Denmark with the Danish actors dubbing their own spoken lines in Danish. See more »

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Wonderful Movie,Impossible To See Now!!!!
11 January 2006 | by mrsmelSee all my reviews

Great movie ,suitable for adults and young people,back from the days when Disney credited both with some intelligence. Mette Honnigen as the ballet student whose mother opposes her desire to be a ballerina,and a fiancé who'd rather she married him. Features some lovely ballet performances from the Royal Danish Ballet in its heyday. Also starring Kirsten Simone as the prima ballerina,who becomes Mette's mentor. Filmed In Denmark,with beautiful sets(love Mette's home),and picture-postcard scenery. It's too bad that Disney changed its TV programming to vacuous cookie-cutter "tween" shows and assembly-line "stars"-and gives its narrowly-targeted current audience credit for the IQ and attention span of a gnat. Because that means that they stashed away movies like this one that had a universal appeal to all ages. If you can find it,see it,and if not,"thank" Disney and good luck getting them to release it.

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