Roberto Bolle & Kendall Jenner Are Making All Our Italian Seaside Dreams Come True

I'll never forget something Roberto Bolle once told me when I was interviewing him about his workout regimen: Talking about how much he loved to swim, he said, "I would love to go in the Italian sea, but I am too well-known there to show up in my suit."

It always amused and kinda shocked me that a ballet dancer could reach that level of fame. But it's true: In his native Italy, Bolle is a bonafide celerity.


Lucky for him—and us—he was able to spend some time seaside recently with none other than model Kendall Jenner while shooting a new ad campaign for Tod's, an Italian luxury footwear and accessories brand.

(The beach, however, wasn't quite the Amalfi coast. It was in Malibu, California, where Bolle is only known as "hot shirtless guy" by gossip sites like Just Jared.)

Most of the shots are, of course, closeups of shoes and sunglasses as the two relax at the beach, playing cards and filming each other with hipster-chic vintage cameras. Plus: puppies! But we are treated to at least a snippet of dance, including a shirtless Bolle whipping out a grand jeté.

I can only imagine how much Bolle's star power will rise now after appearing on Kendall Jenner's 86 million-strong Instagram feed.

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Go Behind the Scenes of USC Kaufman’s Virtual Dance Festival

Now more than ever, the students of USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance are embodying their program's vision: "The New Movement."

As the coronavirus pandemic stretches on, the dance world continues to be faced with unprecedented challenges, but USC Kaufman's faculty and BFA students haven't shied away from them. While many schools have had to cancel events or scale them back to live-from-my-living-room streams, USC Kaufman has embraced the situation and taken on impressive endeavors, like expanding its online recruitment efforts.

November 1 to 13, USC Kaufman will present A/Part To/Gather, a virtual festival featuring world premieres from esteemed faculty and guest choreographers, student dance films and much more. All semester long, they've rehearsed via Zoom from their respective student apartments or hometowns. And they haven't solely been dancing. "You have a rehearsal process, and then a filming process, and a production process of putting it together," says assistant professor of practice Jennifer McQuiston Lott of the prerecorded and professionally edited festival.

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