The Kennedy Center’s regional ballet festival in June drew Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Ballet Arizona, Ballet Memphis, Houston Ballet, The Joffrey Ballet, North Carolina Dance Theatre, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Suzanne Farrell Ballet and Tulsa Ballet. The dancers compared notes in company class, taught each morning by artistic directors like Stanton Welch and Ashley Wheater, and applauded colleagues’ performances from the wings. There was a party on the festival’s second night, and an informal gathering or two at local bars, where dancers shared war stories after performing. “It was fantastic to get to socialize and work with the other dancers,” says Houston principal Connor Walsh. “Sometimes you forget to appreciate how fortunate you are to do what you do.”
Bunheads tuning in to the season premiere of ABC's "The Bachelor" on January 4 may have recognized a familiar face: Dance Theatre of Harlem's Alicia Mae Holloway, literally bourréeing out of a limousine to greet bachelor Matt James. While Holloway unfortunately didn't get a rose that night, she did thoroughly enjoy being the long-running reality franchise's first professional-ballerina contestant, as she told Pointe in a recent Zoom call.
Alicia Mae Holloway
Renee Choi, Courtesy Holloway
Gabe Stone Shayer, American Ballet Theatre's newest soloist, has long been a standout onstage. But the 27-year-old dancer—the first African-American male to graduate from Russia's Bolshoi Ballet Academy—is also branching out into choreography and spearheading a flurry of creative projects. Shayer has big ideas for ballet's future. "I want to be the person who facilitates the idea of possibility in this historically exclusive world," he told us in our December/January digital cover story. "And I want to present the possibility of success through my own story."
Now you have a chance to ask Shayer about his training and career, his advice on navigating a path in ballet, his recent work with Alicia Keys, his thoughts on diversity in dance and more. Click here to register for free with your questions. Then tune in for an exclusive conversation and Q&A with Gabe Stone Shayer on Thursday, January 21, at 7 pm Eastern.