Melissa putting on her pointe shoes

For this film, three dancers were interviewed: At the beginning of filming Melissa Anduiza was in her first year with the company; Alessandra Ball, in her seventh; and Traci Gilchrest was completing her fourteenth and final season as a full-time company member. All three dancers featured in Strength and Beauty are employed with North Carolina Dance Theatre in Charlotte, NC.

Filmmaker Chelsea Wayant began shooting with the help of two interns, both former students of hers, but when shooting extended from the initial plan of three months to the eventual one-year of production Wayant shot everything on her own.

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