Isabella Boylston

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Jan 2017

Story Behind Isabella Boylston

The Wall Street Journal

HEIDI MITCHELL

Ballet may have a reputation as a world filled with princesses, tutus and girlie girls. But the tiara that belongs to one professional ballerina represents grit, determination and hard work.

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Dec 2016

Memorable Performance 2016

Dance Tabs

Marina Harss

Frederick Ashton’s La Fille mal gardée, at American Ballet Theatre, especially as performed by Isabella Boylston and Jeffrey Cirio, was a warm, bright spot in the year’s constellation of dance.

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Nov 2016

Review - Vail in NYC

New York Times

ALASTAIR MACAULAY

… Four of America’s (and the world’s) foremost ballerinas took part in the evening: Isabella Boylston, Carla Körbes, Sara Mearns and Tiler Peck…

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Aug 2016

Vail Dance Festival

Vail Daily

Katie Coakley

A series of 13 classes, the Master Class Series is taught by world-class dancers and companies, including festival artist-in-residence Isabella Boylston, Carla Korbes, Tiler Peck, the Dance Theatre of Harlem and the Paul Taylor Dance Company, to name a few.

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Jun 2016

Announcing Romeo and Juliet

Huffington Post

Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn

With each new role her on stage presence seems to grow and she is becoming a deeply complex artist in addition to being technically gifted…

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Jun 2016

Search for Juliet

The Wall Street Journal

Pia Catton

American Ballet Theatre has long relied on flashy guest stars to light up its roster, but the company’s emphasis has shifted to spotlighting homegrown ballet talent.

Among the beneficiaries: Idaho-born Isabella Boylston, who will headline “Romeo and Juliet” for the first time Wednesday at the Metropolitan Opera House.

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May 2016

La Fille Mal Gardée

The New York Times

ALASTAIR MACAULAY

Ms. Boylston, promoted to principal two years ago, dances with all the rising sap and bloom of springtime. She fills her music to the brim: She doesn’t hang on beats or counts; she floods her every phrase with singing legato, rhythmic brio and suspenseful variety. Her jump is buoyancy itself, but she’s never a tomboy…

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May 2016

ABT's Giselle

Huffington Post

Carla Escoda

…Boylston thrives in outer space, finding more oxygen the higher she goes. The pure joy she found in jumping when she was human transforms into an instinct to escape the pull of the grave in Act II.

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May 2016

Life Lessons

Forbes

Meggen Taylor

It is no easy feat to become a professional ballet dancer let alone a principal in the American Ballet Theatre (ABT)—known to be one of the best and most competitive dance companies in the world…

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Feb 2016

Swan Lake

Cosmopolitan

Andrea Bartz

“The role requires a huge amount of physical stamina,” she says. “It’s really hard to get through because you’re breathing so hard and your muscles are burning.” Beyond technique, Boylston also wanted to bring to life the deep and complicated character she’d portray. “I wanted to use the steps to express something about Odette,” she says. “That’s what elevates ballet from being athletic to being artistic.”

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Oct 2015

A Day in the Life

Marie Claire

Jessica Pels

What It’s Really Like to Be a Prima Ballerina: A Day in the Life of ABT Phenom Isabella Boylston

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Jul 2015

Cinderella

Huffington Post

Alexandra Villarreal

Isabella Boylston also thrived as the Fairy Godmother, and I wouldn’t mind seeing her as the title character as well. She combined the quaintness and tightness of a Sarah Lamb with the generosity of port de bras that defines the ABT dancer.

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Jan 2015

Today / Yesterday

Vogue Italia

Ioulex

A ballerinas dream scape and journey. Today I Dance, Today I am homesick, Yesterday I washed my Hair, Let’s Meet Tonight At The Tower Of Radiant Energy, Again., Today I Feel Small. Today I Feel Big, An Encore: Blonde Venus. Directed by Ioulex (video, photo), Christian Joy (costumes), Jason Grisell (music), presented by Studio 55.

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June 2014

Longing Far Above

New York Times

Brian Seibert

“… Her Giselle was an American girl and endearingly so, old-fashioned but not Old World. From the start, her jumps were excitingly springy, and the gentle abandon of her upper body expressed a happiness that was infectious…”

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May 2014

Kickstarting a Season

New York Times

Alastair Macaulay

“Ballet Theater is remarkably strong in depth now. Ms. Boylston — who will dance six lead roles in this Met season…. With ultrafine musicality, a splendid jump and sparkling turns, Ms. Boylston held her own beside the ex-Bolshoi star Ivan Vasiliev …”

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Jul 2012

American Ballerinas

Huffington Post

Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn

“Isabella Boylston seems ready to make her move and take her place along the great American ballerinas if she continues to build on the great performance…”

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May 2013

Defining Space

Huffington Post

Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn

“American Ballet Theatre soloist Isabella Boylston defines space around her by moving through it. As she moves, whether on stage or in rehearsal…”

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Jul 2012

Inside ABT

Huffington Post

Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn

“Lane and Boylston, both self-described perfectionists, are now trying to become the next great American ballerina. They are very different dancers.”

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May 2011

Summer of Youth

Wall Street Journal

Pia Catton

Ms. Boylston has been a member of the corps de ballet since 2007, but this season she’ll dance a principal role in Alexei Ratmansky's…

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May 2011

ABT's Real Swan

Time Out NY

Gia Kourlas

“At American Ballet Theatre, Isabella Boylston’s career is just taking off, and this season you’ll see plenty of her. She is cast in two premieres…”

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Jun 2013

Beauty & Beyond

NY Observer

Robert Gottlieb

“On this occasion, the Princess Florine was Isabella Boylston, by far the most talented of the younger women who are coming up. Indeed, she’s come up…”

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Aug 2013

From Winning to ‘Wow’

New York Times

Alastair Macaulay

“Two showstoppers showed how technical display can be turned into play and musicality: the “Stars and Stripes” pas de deux, performed by Isabella Boylston (ABT)…”

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Nov 2013

Fall Season 2013

New York Times

Alastair Macaulay

“…eminent soloists (especially Stella Abrera, Isabella Boylston and Sarah Lane) made important advances, deepening their artistry… It’s good to see that Ms. Boylston is already announced for five roles;…”

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Nov 2013

Revivals

New York Times

Alastair Macaulay

“Friday’s cast was led by… Isabella Boylston (rapturous) and Sarah Lane (mainly, though not consistently, exquisite).”

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Jun 2012

Firebird

DanceTabs

Marina Harss

“But Isabella Boylston, at the June 13 matinée, was even more captivating, with more weight to her leaps, and a more exotic aura.”

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Jul 2012

First Swan Lake at ABT

DanceTabs

Marina Harss

“At the Wednesday matinée, the audience got its first peek at two young dancer’s first “Swan Lake”: Isabella Boylston and Daniil Simkin.”

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Aug 2013

Grace and Strength

Self Magazine

Thailan Pham

…dancers are some of the best athletes in the world,“ says ballerina Isabella Boylston, who’ll be performing at the Vail International…”

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Dec 2013

How To Be Fearless

Pointe Magazine

Isabella Boylston

There’s a lot that can go wrong when you’re launching yourself through space, being lifted and caught, and pirouetting on pointe—all in front of a few thousand people…

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