As a teen, Elizabeth Sousek didn’t know high-kicking in perfect unison with dozens of long-legged beauties would be her dance dream come true. “I wanted to dance in a premier American ballet or contemporary dance company,” says Sousek, who trained with Ballet Arts Minnesota and at Marymount Manhattan College. “Little did I know I would end up with one of the most legendary companies in the world, the Rockettes!” Sousek has shown off her impeccable technique as a proud Rockette for seven years. Now, she’s taking the stage again in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, which celebrates the Rockettes’ 85th anniversary this year. Get your tickets now for performances at NYC’s Radio City Music Hall through December 30, and read on for The Dirt.
Performer you would drop everything to go see: the late Michael Jackson or Freddie Mercury
Most-played song on your iPod: “Bad Romance” by Lady Gaga. It never gets old!
Must-see TV show: I love “Smash.” So much inspiring talent and suspenseful drama in one great show!
Favorite movie: The Star Wars trilogy (the originals, of course).
Biggest guilty pleasure: It’s a tie between homemade chocolate chip cookies and watching “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.”
Favorite foods: Bananas and peanut butter
Something most people don’t know about you: I’m fascinated with the politics and culture of the Middle East. I’m Lebanese by heritage, and I traveled to Lebanon a few years ago to visit family and learn more firsthand.
One thing you can’t live without: Sleep. I need it now more than ever!
Who would play you in a movie? I constantly get compared to Miley Cyrus and Elizabeth Berkley.
Who is your dance crush? Kevin Bacon in Footloose. He’s such a fantastic performer—and so cute!
What’s your pre-performance ritual? I do abdominal exercises and warm up my ankles, shoulders and hamstrings to prepare for precise arms and hundreds of eye-high kicks.
(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