Do you love ballet? Learn more about its origins in this new, illustrated book. Edited by Vivian Durante, Ballet: The Definitive Illustrated Story covers ballets from The Nutcracker to The Rite of Spring, companies from The Royal Ballet to the Bolshoi and dancers from Margot Fonteyn to Carlos Acosta. From its origins at court to the contemporary ballet scene, this book includes an impressive history of ballet. Filled with rarely seen photographs, Ballet: The Definitive Illustrated Story is a must-read for all bunheads and balletomanes. As of September 3, this book is available for purchase. We're giving away one copy—enter now to win!
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.