The New York International Ballet Competition has long been a favorite launch pad for dancers looking to jumpstart their careers. Not only is it artistic director bait, with some of ballet's most powerful players in the audience at each round, but American Ballet Theatre and Joffrey Ballet regularly offer one-year contracts to the competitors of their choice. Talk about a career-making competition! Now, NYIBC has yet another drool-worthy prize on the line: a contract with Boston Ballet II, to be offered at the discretion of artistic director Mikko Nissinen for the first time in 2013. Sound enticing? Hurry up and apply now—the registration deadline is December 15.
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.