Magazine article Dance Spirit

Heavenly Dancing

Magazine article Dance Spirit

Heavenly Dancing

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"ANGEL" STAR AMY ACKER'S DANCE SKILLS CAME BACK TO "HAUNT" HER.

Although known more for her demon fighting than for her demi-plies, Amy Acker, who plays the brainy and beautiful Fred on the WB network's hit show "Angel," found herself donning pointe shoes on the set last season.

When Acker mentioned her dance background to show creator Joss Whedon (also the developer of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," from which "Angel" was spun off), he was inspired to create an episode that included a pas de deux between Acker's character and demon-fighting pal Wesley, played by Alexis Denisof. This didn't surprise Acker, who says, "Joss really likes to stretch people." When it came time to shoot the episode, though, Acker got a case of preperformance jitters. "I was terrified," she says. "I hadn't danced on pointe for six or seven years and Joss told me I had about a month until I would be dancing. …

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