Last dance for Bloom

Well, last dance for a while, anyway. Mark your calendars: After 14 years as the Sacramento Ballet’s prima ballerina, Kirsten Bloom will be taking maternity leave following the Capital Choreography Competition. She’ll be showcasing some of her roles, as well as performing in the three ballets competing for the choreographers’ prize, on October 17 and 24 at the Crest Theatre.

In addition to Bloom’s mastery of the corps’ Balanchine repertoire, she’s been dynamite in such roles as Blanche DuBois in Sac Ballet artistic director Ron Cunningham’s A Streetcar Named Desire. And she makes one heckuva Sugar Plum Fairy, too.

And as if seeing Bloom’s last dance before motherhood—her press announcement says the little one is due in April—isn’t enough, the Capital Choreography Competition will give area audiences an opportunity to weigh in on new works by emerging choreographers from all over the country. For more information, visit the Sacramento Ballet’s Web site at