Huntington Documentary Producers Win Emmy for "See Them Dance"

Updated 7 years ago by Tony Rutherford , HNN Entertainment Editor
Scene from "Steven Caras: See Them Dance," which won an Emmy Saturday.
Scene from "Steven Caras: See Them Dance," which won an Emmy Saturday.

STEVEN CARAS: SEE THEM DANCE, a new public television documentary, was awarded an Emmy for Arts and Entertainment at the 48th Annual Ohio Valley Regional Emmy Awards on Saturday, July 28, 2012, with the debonair Nick Clooney, who served as master of ceremonies.

Produced by Witek & Novak, Inc. and presented by Arizona PBS, the hour-long program chronicles the life and work of Steven Caras, a former New York City ballet dancer, who transformed his career to become America’s pre-eminent dance photographer.

“I’m thrilled for Witek & Novak,” said Steven Caras. “The Emmy confirms the fact that stories of human survival against the odds will always draw universal empathy and appeal.”

Featuring exclusive interviews with dance legends, such as Peter Martins, Mia Michaels, Jacques d’Amboise, Patricia McBride, Allegra Kent, and Mr. Caras’ breathtaking photographs, SEE THEM DANCE is a virtual portrait of the glory days of American ballet.

Deborah Novak said, "Somebody backstage asked me if it was my first Emmy, because I was so excited, and I said "no, I've won 2 others, this is my third."  But somehow, when they call your name at the Emmys, your heart always flutters, and it never gets old."

The Ohio Valley Chapter held a black tie event which was streamed live on the web.

John Witek & Deborah Novak with their Emmy for STEVEN CARAS:  SEE THEM DANCE.
John Witek & Deborah Novak with their Emmy for STEVEN CARAS: SEE THEM DANCE.
(Provided by Ms. Novak)



Directed by Deborah Novak, the documentary features Steven Caras’ compelling story, giving viewers an intimate look at the ballet world through the eloquent narrative and unique perspective of a dancer’s personal journey of challenges and heroic accomplishments.

The film presents rare, behind-the-scenes photographs of ballet superstars such as Mikhail Baryshnikov, Suzanne Farrell and Natalia Makarova. Wall Street Journal drama critic, Terry Teachout, also comments upon the artistic and historical significance of Caras' work.

“The response to the film has been amazing,” said Director Novak “Dancers love it, but often, people who have no relationship to ballet, are emotionally moved by the content.”

Jay Flippin of Morehead, KY was the film's musical composer, and Eric Himes of Huntington was the program's Editor & Technical Director.

In addition to its Emmy, the documentary has also received the grand prize at the 45th annual WorldFest Houston International Film Festival.


STEVEN CARAS; SEE THEM DANCE has been offered to all stations in the public television system, now with the rare distinction of being introduced as 'an Emmy Award winning film.’ Check local listings for the program’s date and time.

Huntington viewers may soon be able to watch it on Comcast's educational channel, Novak said.


"Caras" tells the story of a young dancer from New Jersey who, with only three years of training, was personally invited by the legendary choreographer George Balanchine* to join his company, the New York City Ballet.

The film had been honored at Houston's World Fest, the third longest running independent film festival in the U.S. "Steven Caras" See Them Dance" was named best film/video.


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