Britain's BalletBoyz are the epitome of cool contemporary dancers—they're everything we want to be: edgy, versatile technicians with captivating stage presence. Did you ever wonder what it takes to hang with people this talented? Well, the Boyz live-streamed part of their rehearsal today (I'm having a really hard time writing this post and not just staring, slack-jawed, at their dancing. Watching men partner each other is just. so. thrilling.) and it's an amazing glimpse inside the process of a top-notch company.
We already know it's great to watch fellow dancers in rehearsal because you can learn so much about your own work ethic and style, just by noticing how others approach movement and pick up corrections. Watching this rehearsal stream really drives that home. It's also easy to relate to how, in rehearsal, the simplest things can become the most difficult. The Boyz can't seem to make a straight line. They're struggling over what's probably the easiest part of the choreography, and it's comforting to know that even the best of the best sometimes just...can't.
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
Dance Spirit's 2019 Cover Model Search finalists: Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland! One of them will win a spot on Dance Spirit's Fall 2019 cover. Learn more about the dancers on their profile pages, and then vote for your favorite below. You can vote once a day now through July 15.
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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