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.
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.
… Four of America’s (and the world’s) foremost ballerinas took part in the evening: Isabella Boylston, Carla Körbes, Sara Mearns and Tiler Peck…
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.
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…
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.
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…
…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.
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…
“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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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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“… 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…”
“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 …”
“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…”
“American Ballet Theatre soloist Isabella Boylston defines space around her by moving through it. As she moves, whether on stage or in rehearsal…”
“Lane and Boylston, both self-described perfectionists, are now trying to become the next great American ballerina. They are very different dancers.”
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…
“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…”
“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…”
“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)…”
“…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;…”
“Friday’s cast was led by… Isabella Boylston (rapturous) and Sarah Lane (mainly, though not consistently, exquisite).”
“But Isabella Boylston, at the June 13 matinée, was even more captivating, with more weight to her leaps, and a more exotic aura.”
“At the Wednesday matinée, the audience got its first peek at two young dancer’s first “Swan Lake”: Isabella Boylston and Daniil Simkin.”
…dancers are some of the best athletes in the world,“ says ballerina Isabella Boylston, who’ll be performing at the Vail International…”
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…