“Ukrainian-born “bad boy of ballet” Sergei Polunin became the Royal Ballet’s youngest ever principal dancer at age 19. But two years later — at the height of his success — he walked away from it all, resolving to give up dance entirely. Steven Cantor’s Dancer tracks the life of this iconoclastic virtuoso, from his prodigal beginnings in the Ukraine to his awe-inspiring performances in the U.K., Russia, and eventually the U.S., where he went viral after David LaChapelle filmed him dancing to Hozier’s “Take Me to Church.”

Highly recommended. (And hang straight through the closing credits)

Full stop.

Can be rented on Amazon Prime


  1. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Sergei Polunin …

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  2. Amazing!!!! Thank you for sharing.

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  3. I found his comment that he felt ‘a prisoner to his body’ and ‘I just wanted a normal life’; very interesting, David. What an incredible dancer!

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  4. Love! Such a gifted man. 🙏🏻

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  5. Ohhhh, I know what I’m doing this weekend! ☺️ Thx pal!

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  6. i cannot wait to see this. every still shot is a piece of art. it seems that every successful prodigy who begins so very young, has a breaking point, and very understandable.


  7. Katie is in ballet now. I’ll definitely be wanting to see this. Thanks David. 🙂

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  8. A beautiful talent. Inspired by something beyond…

    Thanks for sharing


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  9. Definitely love this movie and Polunin as a personality and dancer! You can also check out my latest post about the screening of his movie 🙂 Have a nice day, Gabi


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