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Tiit Helimets, Principal Dancer with San Francisco Ballet, is taking an ensemble of 11 world class dancers to Estonia.

Tiit Helimets and Co.-The Estonian Tour This summer, Tiit Helimets, Principal Dancer with San Francisco Ballet, is leading an ensemble of 11 world class dancers, Tiit Helimets and Co, to his homeland in Estonia, where they will perform works by some of the greatest American choreographers of our time, including George Balanchine and Val Caniparoli.

Though they could not find a way to bring their friends and fans with them, they have found a wonderful way to include each and every one of you in their rehearsal and performance process; with your help, they are hoping to bring you a unique backstage pass to Tiit Helimets and Co., in the form of exclusive photography and documentary footage of the entire experience.

The moments they hope to share with you are those in a dancer's world that are rarely seen by the general public. With the fine photography and videography skills of the multi-talented Quinn Wharton, who is also one of San Francisco Ballet's Corps de Ballet dancers, they can bring you what you most want to see: the backstage life of a dancer, as you've never seen it before.

What are the challenges of readying oneself and the entire Company for an international tour? What problems arise in organizing travel, rehearsal space, free time, accommodations, overcoming jetlag, and working on a foreign stage?

With your support,Tiit Helimets hopes to share a complete photographic and documentary experience of a dancer's real life, as Tiit Helimets and Co. prepares for their Estonian performances in June, 2011. In lieu of bringing you with them to experience the performances of Tiit Helimets and Co. firsthand, this fine Company is hopeful that you will assist them in bringing Tiit Helimets and Co. to you, in the form of Quinn Wharton's exclusive backstage photos and documentary footage.

If they succeed in reaching their production costs, the Tiit Helimets and Co.documentary will air, along with exclusive rehearsal, backstage and performance photos, dancer interviews, and weekly updates in Tiit's personal journal, on a new website created just for you: THC website

Please take a moment to peruse the 'About' page on Tiit's new website, where he unveils the names of some of the best-loved dancers, from some of the West Coast's most highly esteemed ballet companies, that have been chosen to be a part of Tiit Helimets and Co. The complete Dancer Roster, Programming, and Casting for Tiit Helimets and Co.-The Estonian Tour is there. Then, please come back to Kickstarter and pledge what you can to help Tiit Helimets and dancer/photographer/videographer Quinn Wharton bring you this exciting inside glimpse.

With your generous help and interest, Tiit Helimets and Co. will be able to present a rare 'behind-the-scenes' glimpse into some of your favorite dancers' lives as they prepare for their upcoming tour. The complete documentary, interviews, and 'behind-the-scenes' photographs will only be available to those of you who have showed your support, from the smallest of donations to the greatest. In order to appreciate our donors at all levels of support, we have created additional perks, including autographed photographs of the entire Company, a credit in the documentary film, autographed pointe shoes from the ballerinas of Tiit Helimets and Co, and even a personal invitation to witness, firsthand, an entire run-through of the Company's program before they embark on their tour!

With Great Gratitude, Tiit Helimets and Co.

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    High quality digital download of the film and the DVD edition of the documentary when the project has finished. Access to the website where you can view all of the photos, video footage and read dancers blogs as the tour is happening. A collection of limited edition postcards featuring Tiit Helimets and Co. dancers. Listing on the credits of the film as a donor.

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    An 8x10 limited edition numbered photo with all of the dancers signatures, these prints are only available to kickstarter contributors, signed Pointe shoes, and a DVD of the documentary. Access to the website where you can view all of the photos, video footage and read dancers blogs as the tour is happening. High quality digital download of the film. Listing on the credits of the film as a donor.

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    Access to the website, you can view all of the photos, video footage, read dancers blogs and you also get a large signed photograph of the entire cast, a DVD of the documentary (with deleted scenes, bloopers etc), signed pointe shoes, passes to see the run-through of the entire repertory that we are going to perform in Estonia at the studios before we depart to Estonia. You can meet and see Quinn at work taking pictures of the dancers during the rehearsal. Listing on the credits of the film as a donor.

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