The moment 11-year-old Jezzaeyah “Jezzy” Slack takes the stage, she’s in complete control. She has the musicality, maturity and movement quality of dancers twice her age, her facial expressions are wonderfully genuine and she’s got legs for days. Judges have definitely noticed: She snagged the Mini Best Dancer title at the 2015 Dance Awards in July, after placing in the Top 11 in 2014. When Jezzy’s not busy traveling to competitions, you can find her at home in Canada, perfecting her already-stellar technique at the Joanne Chapman School of Dance in Brampton, Ontario.
At Hall of Fame Dance Challenge (Photo by Hall of Fame Productions, courtesy Dana Chapman-Carroll)
"When I won Mini Best Dancer at The Dance Awards, I was so happy I cried! After it was all over and I had a chance to think about it, I realized how hard work really does pay off."
Birthday: March 19, 2004
Hometown: Brampton, Ontario, Canada
Studio: Joanne Chapman School of Dance
Nicknames: Jezzy or Jay-Z
Favorite meal: Quinoa and fish with steamed vegetables
Dancer she’d love to work with: “Misty Copeland!”
Dream job: Professional dancer, cardiologist or surgeon
Pre-performance ritual: “I do a special handshake with my friends, visualize my routine and pray.”
(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