The comparisons between dancers and cats are obvious and many: preternatural grace, laser focus, the desire to curl up in patches of sunlight, high-strung yet lovable personalities...etc.
So it comes as no surprise that this cat is ready for her big moment. Observe how naturally she displays the qualities required to dance many of the most coveted roles in the ballet cannon! Marvel at her amazing versatility! She won't allow herself to be type-cast as the White Cat in The Sleeping Beauty.
She demonstrates the pathos and emotional maturity necessary to the dance classical queen-maker, The Dying Swan. The unique way she relates to the death of a bird is truly extraordinary.
(Left to right: Cat, photo by @ccchisa76; Svetlana Zakharova, photo by Jack Devant)
She unfurls her limbs into infinity, poised to become contemporary choreographer David Dawson's latest muse. With seemingly limitless flexibility in her spine, she's raising the bar for the next generation of ballerinas.
(From left to right: Dawson's Day4, photo by Angela Sterling; Cat, photo by @ccchisa76; Dawson's Giselle, photo by Ian Whalen)
Her impeccable sense of timing and spatial awareness give her an advantage in George Balanchine's neoclassical works, like the lush Serenade. "People call me 'Dark Angel,' or some variation of that, all the time," she says, laughing. "So the role is a natural fit."
(From left to right: Cat, photo by @ccchisa76; Students at the School of American Ballet Workshop, photo by Paul Kolnik)
Romeo and Juliet presents more than just a technical challenge—it demands a dance-actress of the highest caliber. But she's up for it. Switching rapidly among dramatic emotional states is practically second nature. And just look at that épaulement!
(From left to right: Cat, photo by @ccchisa76; National Ballet of Canada in Romeo and Juliet, photo by Bruce Zinger)
Her jump is simply incredible! Bounding six times her body length is a breeze, turning bravura solos in ballets like Le Corsaire (traditionally performed by male humans) into kitten's play.
(From left to right: Cat, photo by @ccchisa76; Ivan Vasiliev, photo by Andrea Mohin/NYT)
Of course a ballet career isn't for everyone, and should this kitty decide she wants to cut loose and try something new, she'll have options. She can always join Suga N Spice crew. Just look at that whip!
(From left to right: Still from Suga N Spice crew in "Watch Me Whip"; Cat, photo by @ccchisa76)
(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