Los Angeles is getting all the best dance news lately. Just weeks after the premiere of Benjamin Millepied's L.A. Dance Project, University of Southern California announced that it will launch its own dance department in 2015, in a brand new building that will be called the Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center. The program will have a classical and contemporary curriculum, and include strong emphases both on wellness and the business side of dance with the goal of producing dancers who will have long, sustainable careers. One of the most enticing perks for prospective freshman is the school's close partnership with its downtown L.A. cousin, Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at the Music Center, which regularly brings in such high profile companies as American Ballet Theatre and The Joffrey Ballet. Sure, it's still a few years down the road. But once it opens, having a new hub for talent will only make the city's dance scene richer.
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
Carla Fracci, a former principal dancer of La Scala Ballet in Milan, is among the rare class of ballerinas who continued to perform into her 50s and beyond. Romantic ballets were her calling card throughout her career. In 1987, when Fracci was 51, she was featured in a television special, dancing reconstructed 19th-century ballets in the style of historical ballerinas. In this clip of La Esmeralda from the program, Fracci and her partner Robert Jefferies, a former principal at The Royal Ballet, deliver an extraordinary performance, capturing the verve and spirit of their characters.