The principal level is the rank every dancer aspires to. But what really goes on once they get there? This episode gave us an inside look at the leaders of the pack at New York City Ballet.
FUN FACT: Ballerinas may make their job look painless, but that's not the case. To keep her body in tip-top shape, principal Ashley Bouder takes B12, Vitamin D, Vitamin C, magnesium (for muscle tightness and fatigue), Clozapine (for arthritis in her back) and Advil (to reduce inflammation) every day.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK: "It's not about how high your leg is, how high you can jump, how many turns you did. As an artist, it's not about that. I feel like, if you're in this profession, you should be in it for the artistry. That's what matters to the audience. That's what they relate to. That's what they come back for." —Sara Mearns, principal
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(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
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Isabella Boylston in "The Bright Stream" (Rosalie O'Connor, courtesy American Ballet Theatre)
Beloved by ballet fans for her lucid technique and onstage effervescence, by her Instagram followers for the deftly curated photos and videos she shares of her glamorous life, and by fangirl Jennifer Garner for all of the above, American Ballet Theatre principal Isabella Boylston is one of the rare ballet stars who's achieved mainstream fame. A native of Sun Valley, ID, Boylston trained at the Academy of Colorado Ballet and the Harid Conservatory before joining the ABT Studio Company in 2005. She entered the main company as an apprentice in 2006, and attained principal status in 2014. In addition to her successes with ABT, where she dances nearly every major ballerina role, Boylston has served as artistic director of the annual Ballet Sun Valley Festival, which brings high-level performances and classes to her hometown. And speaking of famous Jennifers: Boylston recently appeared as Jennifer Lawrence's dance double in the film Red Sparrow. Catch her onstage with ABT as Manon, Odette/Odile, and Princess Aurora during the company's Metropolitan Opera House season this summer in NYC. —Margaret Fuhrer