Joffrey Ballet Documentary On PBS Charts The Company's Unlikely Rise

Joffrey Ballet
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By Mallika Rao

The Joffrey Ballet is about as American as an institution gets. "Homeland"s Mandy Patinkin narrates its incredible success story in a new PBS documentary, showcasing its humble beginnings and its rise as a worldwide brand. (So far, it remains the only company we know of where dancers pirouette to Prince). Director Bob Hercules weaved archival footage throughout "Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance," including black-and-white photographs of founders Robert Joffrey and Gerald Arpino, as well as early rehearsal footage of some pretty rad-looking '60s dancers, seen in the trailer above.

The movie premieres December 28 at 9 PM as part of its American Masters series and will stream on the channel's web site.