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Opal Holloway ([personal profile] upara) wrote2015-05-05 11:54 pm
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( ENB PROFILE )









Birthplace
New Orleans, USA

Age started dancing
6

English National Ballet
Joined 2011, Soloist 2014, First Soloist 2015

Training
A. Rose's School of Ballet (7 years); Dance Theater of Harlem School (3 years); American Ballet Theatre Studio Company (4 years)

Favourite role
Gamzatti in La Bayadère, the title role in John Neumeier's The Little Mermaid (SFB) and the Novice in Jerome Robbins' The Cage

Favourite production
Jerome Robbins' The Concert and Akim Sokoloff's a jazz ENCOUNTER

Favourite costume
Gamzatti's bridal costume, because the red colour is so striking along with the flapper dress from her solo in ENCOUNTER

Career highlight
Being invited to dance the Little Mermaid with San Francisco Ballet in 2014

Would love to dance
Marguerite Gautier in John Neumeier's The Lady of the Camellias, the Sylph in August Bournonville's La Sylphide or Carmen in Alberto Alonso's Carmen Suite

Admired dancers
Maya Plisetskaya and Lauren Anderson

Other info
Her favourite ballet is The Lady of the Camellias and her favourite choreographers are John Neumeier and Jerome Robbins

Review
"Opal Holloway dances, frankly, like she doesn't give a damn, in the best way possible. She is precise and sharp in her execution, yet moves with the abandon of a ballerina who knows she will wither once she steps off the stage. This is in the audience's favour, unquestionably."
- Walter Neal, The Telegraph; from an article on ENB's La Bayadère