You may know Sami Gayle as Nicky Reagan-Boyle on CBS’s cop drama “Blue Bloods.” But this high-profile actress is a comp kid at heart. Sami was already a regular at New York City Dance Alliance when she landed the role of Baby June in the off-Broadway production of Gypsy at 11 years old. She was later featured in Dr. Seuss’sHow The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical and reprised her Baby June role when Gypsy came to Broadway. Then she set her sights on the big screen. Now 18, her credits include Detachment, Stolen and The Congress. Catch her this month as Mia Rinaldi in the highly anticipated teen movie, Vampire Academy—and read on for The Dirt. —RZ
What performer would you drop everything to go see? Hugh Jackman
If you could work with any performer, past or present, who would it be? Audrey Hepburn
What’s your biggest guilty pleasure? Eating the food I bake!
Who would play you in a movie? Me!
Who’s your dance crush? Mikhail Baryshnikov
What are your pet peeves? Grammatical errors!
What’s your dream role? Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany's
Dance-wise, do you have any bad habits? Mr. Willy Burmann has a list too long to include.
What’s the strangest thing in your dance bag? A rhinestoned, fantastic key chain a fellow dancer gave to me when I was auditioning for Gypsy
Do you have any pre-performance habits? I meditate for a few minutes before performing.
What’s your most embarrassing onstage or on camera moment? My wig fell off during a performance of Gypsy.
What’s your advice for DS readers? Follow your dreams but never underestimate the power of an education.
(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