These days dancers of all ages and styles know that after a long day of working your body out physically, it can feel so good to mentally engage in a college course. Beyond earning that coveted BFA, finding passions outside of dance—perhaps you’re a lover of French literature or even a trigonometry buff—will foster what’s most important, your personal growth.
This September, in Dance Spirit’s annual Higher Education issue, we’re celebrating the smarties!
Our cover girl, Amber Jackson (a 2008 National Senior Outstanding Dancer at New York City Dance Alliance), is currently a senior at the LINES BFA program in San Francisco, CA. Adjusting to college life wasn’t easy for Amber, but now she’s thrilled about what she has accomplished academically and artistically. “I’m learning to dance from the inside out,” she says. Turn to “Caught in Amber” (p. 66) for the details.
Although Amber chose to attend a four-year BFA program right out of high school, some of the other dancers in this issue found college after starting to dance as professionals.
Megan Fairchild, principal with New York City Ballet, is now also a math major at Fordham University. She’s enrolled in school simply because she loves it. “I’m not thinking about the end result,” she says. “Going to school gives me perspective... I’m not so obsessed with ballet.” Read more about Megan and other pros going to school in “Making School Work” (p. 70).
We shot this month’s fashion feature (p. 58) on campus at SUNY Purchase with students modeling beautiful back-to-school basics. (SUNY Purchase graduates have gone on to perform and choreograph for companies around the world.)
(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