What We Learned from "city.ballet." Season 2, Episode 8
Season 2 of “city.ballet.”—the AOL On series that gives an insider’s look at New York City Ballet—is live now! We’re recapping one episode per week. Watch all 12 at dancemagazine.com.
Finlay in costume for Christopher Wheeldon's m...i'm not sure (photo by Nathan Sayers)
Episode 8 of "city.ballet." follows Chase Finlay—who, as the youngest male principal in New York City Ballet, is under a lot more pressure than your average 24-year-old. But these days, that pressure is even higher than usual: Finlay is coming off a serious foot injury, and he needs to show the company that he's recovered and ready to take on his old roles. Here are five things we learned from the ep.
1. Finlay is a bro, bro. "Right after I broke my foot, I was like, 'Forget this, I'm just going to go drink a beer and watch football,' " he says. Dude, we feel you.
2. There is titanium in his foot right now. He broke his fifth metatarsal, and they had to insert a titanium screw to fix it. Crazy!
3. His parents are adorbs. We see Finlay and his dad playing a cute father-son round of golf—in coordinating polo shirts, naturally. And Finlay's mom's description of baby Chase's first time watching The Nutcracker will make you melt a little bit. "He was so small he was sitting in my lap," she says. "And the curtain went up, and I felt his little ribcage go, 'Oh!' " They're both obviously so proud of him, and it's the best.
4. Coming back from an injury is terrifying. "I don't want to go up into a turn or jump and wonder if it's going to work," he says. We hear that. All the close-ups of him landing on his injured foot make us cringe.
5. But it's also a chance to prove yourself anew. "You don't want to be a lesser dancer than what you were before," Finlay says. "You want to come back and wow people." From the footage we see in this episode, it seems like he's well on his way to wow.
(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