With the popularity of broadcast TV shows like Breaking Pointe and the plethora of web series, such as Dance 212 and city.ballet (which premiered today on AOL) focusing on the real lives of performers, it's clear that people want to see inside the world of dance. What's less clear is how much those series actually debunk the myths about dance and dancers and how much they add another layer to the mystique of the arts.
Take Breaking Pointe, for example. The amount of time the viewer actually sees the daily work of dancer--taking class, rehearsing, cross-training, going to costume fittings--is minimal compared to the time devoted to the dancers' private lives. It would be hard not to walk away from the series with a strong impression of who these dancers are, but it wouldn't be so easy to learn, say, an eight count of choreography.
On the other hand, for the many people who feel like dance is a rarefied world inhabited by an elite few, it can be nice to see anything that humanizes dancers. It can be refreshing just to watch them walk the dog or make breakfast. It's also nice (maybe especially for other dancers) to know that all of them feel stressed around shows.
Whatever your take is on what kind of publicity you want to see dance have, it's great that an art form that's often treated like a weak stepsister gets some PR. What do you want to see in terms of dance TV? What do you feel is missing?