Born in Cairo and now a Huntington Beach resident, Rizkalla thinks globally. The artistic director of Fountain Valley’s Festival Ballet Theatre brings dancers from around the world to Orange County every August for the Gala of the Stars. Soloists Quenby Hersh and Agnes Su trained at Rizkalla’s Southland Ballet Academy, which also runs a summer program that attracts international students and teachers. The 66-year-old studied at a Russian ballet school in Egypt, and danced professionally before coming to the U.S. in 1979.
Watch last year’s gala here: