You know you've made it when you get THE call. No, not the call from the "So You Think You Can Dance" producers offering you a spot as a guest judge, or when Oxygen gives the green light on a reality show about your life. And it's not even the call from the President of the United States asking you to serve on his Council for Fitness, Sports and Nutrition. The "you've made it in life" call I'm talking about, ladies and gents, is from the Street—"Sesame Street."
You guessed it: American Ballet Theatre soloist (and all around goddess) Misty Copeland got that call. And did she ever answer it.
I Will (Eat) What I Want (original photo courtesy of Under Armour; Photoshopping by yours truly)
But Copeland's performance with Cookie Monster that debuted earlier this week—a promotion for Cookie's forthcoming special, "The Cookie Thief"—is a little different. She doesn't strap on pointe shoes, step into a tutu or demonstrate what ballet looks like. Instead, Copeland showcases her signature warmth and sparkle from the waist-up, following Cookie's choreographic lead like a true celeb. Check it out!
(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