Isabella Boylston

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Isabella Boylston
Born (1986-10-13) October 13, 1986 (age 32)
Sun Valley, Idaho, United States
EducationAcademy of Colorado Ballet
Harid Conservatory
OccupationBallet dancer
Years active2005–present
Daniel Shin (m. 2014)
Partner(s)Benjamin Millepied (until 2010)
Current groupAmerican Ballet Theatre

Isabella Boylston is an American ballet dancer who is currently a principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre (ABT).

Early life[edit]

Boylston was born in Sun Valley, Idaho, and has been dancing since she was three years old.[1] Her family moved to Boulder, Colorado, when she was seven years old and she started training at the Boulder Ballet. By the age of twelve she started studies at the academy of the Colorado Ballet.[2] During that time, she won a gold medal at the 2001 Youth America Grand Prix Finals in New York City.

In 2002, she received a full scholarship to train at the Harid Conservatory in Boca Raton, Florida. During her time there she worked with choreographer Mark Godden and danced leading roles such as Medora in Le Corsaire, the Paquita pas de trois, Lise in La fille mal gardée and the Sugarplum Fairy in The Nutcracker. In 2004, she received the Reuger Scholarship for excellence in dance. She participated in summer programs at the School of American Ballet, the Boston Ballet and the American Ballet Theatre.


In 2005, Boylston joined the ABT Studio Company (now ABT II) and became an apprentice with the main company in May 2006. She joined the corps de ballet in March 2007, was promoted to soloist in June 2011 and principal in August 2014.[3] Boylston won the Princess Grace Award in 2009[4] and was nominated for the 2010 Prix Benois de la Danse. She also designed costumes for the Pacific Northwest Ballet's 2010 production of Benjamin Millepied's 3 Movements, a ballet set to Steve Reich's Three Movements for Orchestra.[5]

Selected repertoire[edit]

Boylston's repertory with the American Ballet Theatre includes: the Ballerina in The Bright Stream, Moss in Cinderella, Aurora in Coppélia, an Odalisque in Le Corsaire, a flower girl in Don Quixote, the second girl in Fancy Free, the peasant pas de deux and Moyna in Giselle, a Harlot in Romeo and Juliet, Princess Florine and the Fairy of Fervor in The Sleeping Beauty, Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, the Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux, and the lead in Theme and Variations. She also had roles in Ballo della Regina, Birthday Offering, Brief Fling, Désir, Everything Doesn’t Happen at Once, In the Upper Room, and From Here On Out. Boylston created leading roles in Lauri Stallings' Citizen, Alexei Ratmansky's Dumbarton, Demis Volpi's Private Light, and Christopher Wheeldon's Thirteen Diversions. Her frequent partner is Daniil Simkin.


  1. ^ Kourlas, Gia (May 8, 2015). "Isabella Boylston on Treasuring 'Giselle' and Trusting Herself". New York Times. New York City, United States. Retrieved May 11, 2015.
  2. ^ Kourlas, Gia (May 8, 2011). "Isabella Boylston: ABT's real swan speaks up". Time Out New York.
  3. ^ "Isabella Boylston". American Ballet Theatre. Retrieved February 8, 2019.
  4. ^ Fuhrer, Margaret (December 2009 – January 2010). "Isabella Boylston Becomes a "Princess"". Pointe Magazine. Archived from the original on February 7, 2011.
  5. ^ Jowitt, Deborah (January 19, 2010). "A Breeze From the Pacific Northwest Ballet: Seattle leaps saucily onto the Joyce Theater stage". The Village Voice.

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