Enter Luciana July 22

29 Jul

Thanks to Teri McCollum, whom I consider San Francisco’s  Hedda Hopper and particularly of San Francisco Ballet, I have been kept apprised of the impending motherhood of Lorena Feijoo, San Francisco Ballet’s principal dancer, and Cuban native.  Lorena’s sister, Lorna, is a principal at Boston Ballet and is herself a young mother.

July 22, Lorena gave birth to the expected daughter whose father is Vitor Luiz, another principal dancer for SFB, and a native of Brazil.

It seems that the young woman has been named Luciana, so the official name will read Luciana Luiz y Feijoo, if the Spanish custom is followed of recognizing the name of the mother after a “y”.

I’m sure the McCollum’s blog/website Odette’s Ordeal will shortly have an image of mother and daughter.  Her visual coverage is nothing short of spectacular.

Someday Luciana will know about her Mother’s wit and humor.  At the Isadora Duncan Dance Award Ceremony March 26 at ODC’s Theatre, Lorena was one of five SFB principal dancers to enjoy a special award for the remarkable interpretations they danced in the ballet Giselle. Earlier, Enrico Labayen, awarded a choreographic Izzie for his pas de deux Cloth some seasons previous, informed the audience he was “a virgin” to the Izzie award category of stage design. When Lorena came to acknowledge her award, she faced the audience  in profile and announced with a slight smile and her enormous eyes, “I’m not a virgin,”  It elicited howls of delighted laughter.  Feijoo also was not a virgin to the Izzies. She and Joan Boada received an ensemble award for dancing Kitri and Basilio in the  premiere of the Tomasson-Possokhov production of Don Quixote.

When it comes to father Vitor Luiz, he  was deemed “impossibly handsome” by critic Rita Felciano in the title role of Eugene Onegin, all  portending a lively future for the new dancing heiress.

Congratulations to all three!


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