To the Pointe | KCET
To the Pointe
The role of Giselle has attracted many of the world's most renowned ballerinas.
It includes a physically and technically challenging solo known as Giselle's Act One Variation.
The ballerina must hop across the stage on the toe of one foot for an astonishing 15 seconds.
Here's a look at 19-year old Allyssa Bross performing the solo during her opening night debut. Pay special attention about one minute into the solo for what Los Angeles Ballet Executive Director Julie Whittaker calls the "dreaded 'hops en pointe.'"
Every Wednesday morning for over 90 years, Angelenos have gathered together in Griffith Park to sing songs, recite a strange poem, meet new friends and breakfast on ham and eggs. Or, as the members of the Los Angeles Breakfast Club would say: MNX.