Fluid but solid, subtle but confident: Michael Trusnovec is a man of many contradictions. That’s probably why he can play both a ruthless killer in Paul Taylor’s Banquet of Vultures and a lovable nerd in Taylor’s Company B with equal prowess. But the longtime Fred Astaire fan’s first love was tap dancing, which he began studying in his hometown of Yaphank, NY. He first discovered modern dance—and fell head over heels for Taylor’s choreography—when he was offered a full dance scholarship to Southern Methodist University in Dallas. In 1996, Michael earned a spot in Taylor 2, and by 1998 he was promoted to the senior company. Since then he’s danced many of Taylor’s best-loved pieces, earning a 2006 New York Dance and Performance Award (a “Bessie”) for his body of work with PTDC. —Margaret Fuhrer
How often have I thought, If I only knew then what I know now? Much has happened since then, so its strangely difficult to sift through it all to give you some useful insights.
First off, ignore the heartless comments those kids at high school make. Stay strong in your conviction to do what makes you satisfied and happy.
Learn to accept your slightly (OK, maybe not so slightly) compulsive perfectionism. Its not going to go away, and it'll become a valuable trait that keeps you humble.
Trust that wise ballet teacher when she refuses to allow you to quit taking ballet classes. Somehow, she knows that you'll need the strength, line and agility that a solid foundation in ballet will give you.
Above all, recognize that all of your experiences are special.
Savor every moment onstage and in the studio, every perfect and not so perfect pirouette, every criticism and every word of praise.
P.S. Make that wager with Dad when he offers to buy you a car if you're able to secure a scholarship to college. It's going to pay off!
(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