The School of American Ballet has a new location: Orange County. Well, at least for the summer. SAB’s Los Angeles Workshop for Young Dancers launched in Santa Monica in 2011, but this year it's moving to the more centrally-located Maple Conservatory of Dance in Irvine to improve its accessibility for students throughout Southern California. The workshop is designed to introduce serious ballet students ages 10 to 14 to SAB's curriculum. Dancers are taught technique, pointe and variations by members of the school’s permanent faculty, such as Darci Kistler, Katrina Killian and Sheryl Ware. To audition for this year's program, which will take place from July 29 through August 9, check out sab.org/laworkshop.
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.