The New York 9: Isabella Boylston

At age 30, Isabella Boylston is the youngest principal ballerina of the American Ballet Theatre. Born in Idaho, Boylston became a student at The Boulder Ballet as a child, then went on to hone her craft with the Academy of Colorado Ballet in Denver, Colorado and the Harid Conservatory in Boca Raton, Florida. She joined the American Ballet Theatre Studio Company in 2005, the main company as an apprentice in May 2006, and the corps de ballet in March 2007. Her notable roles include the lead in Theme and Variations,” the Ballerina in “The Bright Stream,”and debut as Juliet in Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s “Romeo and Juliet” in 2016. Boylston recently completed Alexei Ratmansky’s production of The Nutcracker in California, and will welcome the full spring American Ballet Theatre season this May at the Metropolitan Opera House. The ballerina is proud to call New York City her home, where she lives with her husband.

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Best thing about growing up in NYC?

I moved to NYC when I was 17. My first apartment was a two-bedroom that I shared with five other young ballerinas in the East Village. For me, the best part about growing up here is all the amazing people you’ll meet from all over the world and different walks of life. And the food!

Favorite New York City restaurant?

Prune or 15 East

Favorite neighborhood?

East Village

The best part of my job is…

Traveling the world and playing so many unique character roles. Every time I perform on stage it’s a new adventure.

A visit to New York isn’t complete until…

You catch a live show!

Subways or cabs?

Always the subway unless I am carrying too much.

Best advice you’ve ever received?

Be nice to everyone, and never lose your sense of humor.

Must-have beauty item?

Make Up For Ever Foundation, Bobbi Brown Lipstick, Stila Liquid Eyeliner, MDSolarSciences Mineral Tinted Crème Broad Spectrum SPF 30, and Strange Invisible Perfume.

What is your definition of beauty?

True beauty comes from the inside. When you get to know a person, the way they look changes. Beauty is confidence and kindness.

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