I auditioned to be in the dance company called "Soulescape." There were 3 auditions; one in New York, one in LA, & one in Dallas (where Justin Giles, the choreographer, lives.) I was definitely blown away to get a spot in the company! He chose 10 dancers from all the different auditions. The dancers are: Jennifer Osorio, Eldon Johnson, Natalie Reid, Matthew Peacock, Tyne Stecklein, Brandon Bryant, Merissa Gassel, Chantel Aguirre, Cheryl Smith, & me! Justin also bought in Jenna Mitchell to play a specific role in the show, she lives local.
I arrived on the 7th of July & don't return home until the 28th. The first night we all went to dinner, I got a chance to meet everyone & find out what they were like. Every day except the first Sunday, we've rehearsed! We have ballet everyday at 9 a.m & then start rehearsal usually until 11 p.m. One night we went until 4:30 a.m!! It was so funny! I could barely see out of my contacts! The following day we came in at noon! Haha
Now being almost 2 weeks into this, I've learned a lot about each of the dancers & like them all. I respect them so much as dancers & people. Everyone here is amazing! Justin Giles is an amazing choreographer & he's quite the hero! I get hives sometimes, this may freak people out! Haha. But during the beginning of the 2nd week here, I got hives almost all over my body. I figured it would be fine if I went to sleep because they usually don't last over night. Sure enough, I woke up the next morning & they were even worse! I got up & was getting ready.... then all the sudden I passed out! I was headed face first to the groud! One of my roommates, Chantel, caught me & held me for about 30 seconds before I opened my eyes. Cheryl, my other roommate went to get Jen. Justin got to the hotel, where we were staying, & he took me to the hospital. We were there for like 2 hours. I got 2 shots! One in each bottom cheek! I slept most of the day & the company got me flowers, a card, & ice cream! It was an eventful day!!
The shows are on the 26th & 27th on July, 2 on each day. They are being held at the Lakewood Theatre in Dallas, Texas. You can purchase tickets on ticketmaster.com if you search Soulescape. The tickets are all $35. I hope a whole lot of people come! The shows will be so beautiful & we've been working long, hard hours to put this together! You won't be disappointed if you come!!
(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