9 Reasons Isabella Boylston and James Whiteside Are 100% #BestieGoals

It is a great tragedy for dance history that iconic ballet partnerships like Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev or Natalia Makarova and Mikhail Baryshnikov weren't able to document their backstage shenanigans on social media. (Okay, maybe not a great tragedy, but you have to admit that you're curious.)

Lucky for us, that isn't the case with today's star dancers—like American Ballet Theatre principal dancers Isabella Boylston and James Whiteside, aka The Cindies. These two aren't just onstage partners. They're serious #BestieGoals. Our evidence, as documented on Instagram, is as follows:


And they're super supportive of each other, like when James tagged along to see Bella's debut with Paris Opéra Ballet.

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Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company's Penda N'diaye and Barrington Hinds, shot by Jacob Jonas at the de Young museum

A Look Inside the Elite Instameet #CamerasandDancers

Shortly after starting Jacob Jonas The Company in 2014, Jacob Jonas, then 21, realized there was a major hole in the dance industry. "Not many companies were taking advantage of digital marketing," he says.

He knew how much social media could get people to engage with art. So he created his own online empire called #CamerasandDancers, a monthly, location-specific Instameet with a hashtag that has been viewed millions of times. The project brings together top dancers, interesting architecture and elite movement photographers—the intersection of which results in truly exquisite dance photography.

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