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Isabella Boylston

Sun Valley, Idaho

Joined ABT 2006 / Principal since 2014

Biography

Born in Sun Valley, Idaho, Isabella Boylston began dancing at the age of three. While training at the Academy of Colorado Ballet, she won the gold medal in 2001 at the Youth America Grand Prix Finals in New York City. In 2002, she began training at the Harid Conservatory in Boca Raton, Florida, on a full scholarship.

Boylston joined the ABT Studio Company in 2005, the main Company as an apprentice in May 2006 and the corps de ballet in March 2007. She was promoted to Soloist in June 2011 and to Principal Dancer in August 2014.

Her repertory with the Company includes Gamzatti in La Bayadère, the Ballerina in The Bright Stream, Fairy Godmother and the Fairy Summer in Frederick Ashton’s Cinderella, Moss in James Kudelka’s Cinderella, Aurora in Coppélia, Gulnare and an Odalisque in Le Corsaire, Chloe in Daphnis and Chloe, Kitri and a flower girl in Don Quixote, the second girl in Fancy Free, Lise in La Fille mal gardée, the title role in Alexei Ratmansky’s Firebird, Giselle, the peasant pas de deux and Moyna in Giselle, Lescaut’s Mistress in Manon, Clara the Princess in The Nutcracker, Olga in Onegin, Other Dances, Juliet and a Harlot in Romeo and Juliet, Princess Aurora and Princess Florine in Ratmansky’s The Sleeping Beauty, Princess Florine and the Fairy of Fervor in The Sleeping Beauty, Odette/Odile, the pas de trois and the Polish Princess in Swan Lake, the Mazurka in Les Sylphides, Sylvia and Persephone in Sylvia, the Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, the lead in Theme and Variations, Princess Tea Flower in Whipped Cream, leading roles in AFTERITE, Bach PartitaBallo della ReginaThe Brahms-Haydn Variations, Désir, Everything Doesn’t Happen at Once, Her Notes, From Here On Out, Monotones I, Songs of Bukovina, Symphony in C and With a Chance of Rain, and featured roles in After You, Birthday Offering, Brief Fling, Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes, In the Upper Room, Gong, The Leaves Are Fading and Sinfonietta.

Boylston created Columbine in Alexei Ratmansky’s Harlequinade, the Diamond Fairy in Ratmansky’s The Sleeping Beauty, leading roles in Ratmansky’s Chamber Symphony and Christopher Wheeldon’s Thirteen Diversions, and featured roles in Lauri Stallings’ Citizen, Ratmansky’s Dumbarton and Demis Volpi’s Private Light.

Boylston won the 2009 Princess Grace Award and was nominated for the 2010 Prix Benois de la Danse. In 2011 she received the Clive Barnes Award. She was the recipient of the 2014 Annenberg Fellowship.

She has appeared as a guest artist with the Mariinsky Ballet in St. Petersburg and the Royal Danish Ballet.

Ms. Boylston's performances with American Ballet Theatre are sponsored by Linda Allard and Andrea and Ken Brodlieb.

Photo: Renata Pavam

Upcoming Performances

December 15, 2018
7:00 pm
Costa Mesa, California
Segerstrom Center for the Arts
The Nutcracker
(Clara, the Princess)
January 17, 2019
7:30 pm
Costa Mesa, California
Segerstrom Center for the Arts
Harlequinade
(Columbine)
January 20, 2019
1:00 pm
Costa Mesa, California
Segerstrom Center for the Arts
Harlequinade
(Columbine)
January 29, 2019
7:30 pm
Washington, D.C.
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Harlequinade
(Columbine)
February 1, 2019
7:30 pm
Washington, D.C.
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Harlequinade
(Columbine)
May 13, 2019
7:30 pm
New York, New York
Metropolitan Opera House
Harlequinade
(Columbine)
May 15, 2019
7:30 pm
New York, New York
Metropolitan Opera House
Harlequinade
(Columbine)
May 21, 2019
7:30 pm
New York, New York
Metropolitan Opera House
Songs of Bukovina
May 22, 2019
2:00 pm
New York, New York
Metropolitan Opera House
On the Dnieper
(Natalia)
May 22, 2019
7:30 pm
New York, New York
Metropolitan Opera House
Songs of Bukovina
May 23, 2019
7:30 pm
New York, New York
Metropolitan Opera House
On the Dnieper
(Natalia)
June 5, 2019
7:30 pm
New York, New York
Metropolitan Opera House
Jane Eyre
(Jane Eyre)
June 8, 2019
2:00 pm
New York, New York
Metropolitan Opera House
Jane Eyre
(Jane Eyre)
June 19, 2019
7:30 pm
New York, New York
Metropolitan Opera House
Manon
(Manon)
June 22, 2019
2:00 pm
New York, New York
Metropolitan Opera House
Manon
(Manon)
June 27, 2019
7:30 pm
New York, New York
Metropolitan Opera House
Swan Lake
(Odette/Odile)
July 1, 2019
7:30 pm
New York, New York
Metropolitan Opera House
The Sleeping Beauty
(Princess Aurora)
July 4, 2019
2:00 pm
New York, New York
Metropolitan Opera House
The Sleeping Beauty
(Princess Aurora)

Repertoire

"Isabella Boylston dances with a boldness that’s all her own"

-Marina Harss, Dance Magazine

"I am always finding ways to execute my roles with more precision and soul—even performances that I have done in the past, like dancing the role of Odette/Odile in Swan Lake. Dance is a great metaphor for pursuing your life and path to the fullest that requires discipline, passion, grace, and precision."

-Isabella Boylston, The Wall Street Journal

"Ms. Boylston’s musicality and phrasing are exquisite."

-Alastair Macaulay, The New York Times

"For Isabella Boylston, the goal of every performance is to find herself “in the moment” and take us with her."

-Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn, Huffington Post

Milestones

2001

Won gold medal at the Youth America Grand Prix

2005

Joined ABT Studio Company August 2005

Isabella Boylston

Isabella Boylston in Divertimento No. 15. © The George Balanchine Trust. Photo: Rosalie O'Connor.

2006

Joined ABT as Apprentice May 2006

2007

Joined Corps de Ballet March 2007

Isabella Boylston

Isabella Boylston and Cory Stearns in From Here On Out. Photo: Rosalie O'Connor.

2009

Won Princess Grace Award

Isabella Boylston

Photo courtesy of Isabella Boylston

2011

Promoted to Soloist June 2011

Isabella Boylston

Isabella Boylston in The Bright Stream. Photo: Rosalie O'Connor.

2014

Promoted to Principal Dancer August 2014

Isabella Boylston

Isabella Boylston in Swan Lake. Photo: Gene Schiavone

2017

Became Founding Artistic Director of Ballet Sun Valley