We had the good fortune of connecting with Kirsten Bloom Allen and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kirsten, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Having been a professional ballerina for many years, I wanted to do something unique with the art form. I wanted to make ballet more accessible and relatable to mainstream audiences so in 2017, I founded ARC Entertainment Company which is my creative concept for merging ballet with rock music, art, and cinema. ARC started off with a bang by adding ballet to rock concerts by iconic bands The Wallflowers and Jefferson Starship and. On March 19, 2020 due to the pandemic, my two dance partners moved into my home with my family so we could continue dancing and creating. We transformed my backyard into a stage and began live-streaming free dance performances from both Instagram and Facebook. Here we are almost a year later and we have given over 190 free dance performances to the public as well as donating virtual performances to children’s hospitals and senior living facilities. Our performances caught the eye of several media outlets and we have been featured on Good Morning America, Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s segment, ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, The CW, Good Morning San Diego, and The Joey Fatone Show. This past July, we were asked to perform for The USO and we could not have been more proud to dance for the US Military!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My ballet career has taken me around the world and I am enjoying so many wonderful experiences as a professional ballerina and actress. Most notably, I danced a private performance for George H. W. Bush and Barbara Bush as well as many dignitaries from around the globe. Since forming ARC Entertainment Company, I have began studying acting and have found so many parallels with being a ballerina and an actress. I have starred in three films now and love losing myself into a character.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
With a stage in my backyard now, my backyard is a new San Diego hot spot! Three of my favorite restaurants are the Rancho Santa Fe Bistro, Nick and G’s, and Dolce in Rancho Santa Fe.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to give a shout out to Ballet Arte Academy in Solana Beach. Owners Erlends Zieminch and Sara Viale are incredible ballet instructors and beautiful artists. They provide wonderful classes and ballet coaching to both students and adults. It is the only studio I train at in San Diego!
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