Perhaps taking its cue from the Metropolitan Opera, whose recent movie theater simulcasts have sold out across the country, the New York Theatre Ballet is making its big-screen debut. Beginning August 13, movie-going audiences can get a behind-the-scenes look at some of the company’s biggest productions. Watch dancers, choreographers and set and wardrobe designers work together to stage Cinderella, The Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker. Go to www.fathomevents.com for a list of participating theaters and show times. —AS
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 Stephen Jefferies, a former principal at The Royal Ballet, deliver an extraordinary performance, capturing the verve and spirit of their characters.