Support America’s National Ballet Company® DONATE

The Company

Isabella Boylston

Sun Valley, Idaho

Joined ABT 2006 / Principal since 2014


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.

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


"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



Won gold medal at the Youth America Grand Prix


Joined ABT Studio Company August 2005

Isabella Boylston

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


Joined ABT as Apprentice May 2006


Joined Corps de Ballet March 2007

Isabella Boylston

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


Won Princess Grace Award

Isabella Boylston

Photo courtesy of Isabella Boylston


Promoted to Soloist June 2011

Isabella Boylston

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


Promoted to Principal Dancer August 2014

Isabella Boylston

Isabella Boylston in Swan Lake. Photo: Gene Schiavone


Became Founding Artistic Director of Ballet Sun Valley