Isabella Boylston

ISABELLA BOYLSTON IS A Principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre in NYC & Director of Ballet Sun Valley


Isabella Boylston was born in Sun Valley, Idaho, where she began dancing at the age of three. She later trained at the Boulder Ballet, the Colorado Ballet, and the Harid Conservatory. Isabella joined the American Ballet Theatre Studio Company in 2005 after being spotted at the ABT summer intensive, and was invited to join American Ballet Theatre in 2007. She was promoted to soloist in 2011 and to the highest rank, Principal Dancer, in 2014. Her repertory with the Company includes Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, the title role in Giselle, Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, Gamzatti in La Bayadère, the Ballerina in The Bright Stream, Kitri in Don Quixote, Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, the title role in Sylvia, Lise in La Fille Mal Gardee, Fancy Free, the title role in Alexei Ratmansky's Firebird, the Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, and Theme and Variations, among others. She has originated numerous leading roles in works by Alexei Ratmansky, Christopher Wheeldon, and Benjamin Millepied. Ms. 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 star with the Paris Opera Ballet, the Mariinsky Ballet in St Petersburg, Russia, the Royal Danish Ballet, the National Ballet of China, and the Ballet Estable del Teatro Colon, among others. 

Isabella produced and starred in the film early Sunday Morning which premiered at the TriBeCa film festival. She plays Jennifer Lawrence’s dance double in the film Red Sparrow, in addition to appearing as herself as the principal dancer in the film's closing sequence. She has collaborated with a number of brands including Nike, Bobbi Brown, Olay, Clarins, Chanel, Cushnie et Ochs, Wolford, Norma Kamali, Naturalizer, and Walgreens, to name a few. She has been featured in countless publications from the New York Times to Vogue and Harpers Bazzar. 

Isabella works with the charity the National Dance Institute, which partners with public schools to offer free dance classes to kids in underserved communities. She also is the founding artistic director of Ballet Sun Valley, a festival which brings world class ballet performances and free dance classes for children to her hometown. 

photo by Karolina Kuras

photo by Karolina Kuras


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