Torrance, CA (June 5, 2012): Bishop Montgomery sophomores Karrie McGillivray '14 and Alexandra Ruiloba '14 have been studying ballet with the South Bay Ballet company since they were very young and recently danced in the company's performance of "Cinderella." Although they both share a love of the ballet, they hope their dedication, hard work, determination, and experiences over the years will take them in different directions.
Ruiloba has been involved in ballet since she was three. On June 2 and 3, she performed as a Noblewoman in "Cinderella" and it was her final performance with the company. "Ballet has helped me become motivated for so many things, especially school," explains Ruiloba. "While I love ballet, I want to study business in college and learn more about corporate philanthropy." Although she is leaving the comapny, Ruiloba still plans on dancing for a few more years and helping out with the little kids at a dance studio in the South Bay.
McGillivray, who has been involved with the South Bay Ballet since she was six and danced the part of Prunella in "Cinderella," has a much different goal in mind. She hopes to make ballet a career and has already been offered admittance into dance programs at several colleges, including Adelphi University, Butler University, the University of Texas, and the Kirov School of Ballet in Washington, D.C. Her other option is to join a professional ballet company after high school and postpone her college studies. This summer, in fact, McGillivray will dance with the American Ballet Theater in New York for five weeks. "Ballet has taught me so much," explains McGillivray, "especailly about time management." Her passion for ballet is evident when she speaks and in her actions. She practices from 4:00-8:00 pm every day after school and most of the day every Saturday. "Sometimes we get Sunday's off," she says with a chuckle.
The performance of both dancers in "Cinderella" had a profound effect on their religion teacher, Ms. Bernadette St. James, who counts herself lucky to have been able to attend one of the shows. "Karrie danced a skilled performance with personality, style, and she stole the show with a comedic performance," observed St. James. "Alexandra danced with elegance, artistry and angelic grace," she added. "It was truly a remarkable show."
For more information about the South Bay Ballet company, visit www.southbayballet.org. McGillivray (left) and Ruiloba (right) are pictured above.