Born in Sun Valley, Idaho, Isabella Boylston began dancing at the age of three. While training at the Academy of Colorado Ballet, she won the gold medal in 2001 at the Youth America Grand Prix Finals in New York City. In 2002, she began training at the Harid Conservatory in Boca Raton, Florida, on a full scholarship.
Boylston joined the ABT Studio Company in 2005, the main Company as an apprentice in May 2006 and the corps de ballet in March 2007. She was promoted to Soloist in June 2011 and to Principal Dancer in August 2014. She has danced leading roles in nearly all the classics as well as works by Alexei Ratmansky and George Balanchine.
Boylston won the 2009 Princess Grace Award and was nominated for the 2010 Prix Benois de la Danse. In 2011 she received the Clive Barnes Award. She was the recipient of the 2014 Annenberg Fellowship. She has appeared as a guest star with the Mariinsky Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, National Ballet of China, and Ballet Estable del Teatro Colon.
Boylston has also transcended onto the big screen, starring in Francis Lawrence’s film Red Sparrow alongside Jennifer Lawrence. She has recently teamed up with pop singer Rozzi by co-choreographing and starring in the music video for her hit song Mad Man, as well as collaborating on a show titled When I Think Of You, which premiered in early 2019 at The Argyos Performing Arts Center in Ketchum, Idaho. She has appeared in campaigns for Nike, Cartier, and Allbirds, among others.
Boylston is the Founding Festival Artistic Director of Ballet Sun Valley in where she has offered free classes to children and curated performances from star dancers from around the world.
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