Inside the Beauty Routine of American Ballet Theatre's Isabella Boylston
While undoubtedly best known for her dancing, American Ballet Theatre principal Isabella Boylston has also been getting noticed for her style by Allure and Vogue—and with good reason. Her Instagram feed features a mix of on-trend athleisure wear and detailed dresses from runway designers like Valentino and Anna Sui, none of which would be complete without the makeup and hair to match. With a penchant for skin care and an ever-growing lipstick collection, Boylston talked us through some of her beauty must-haves on and off the stage.
Photo by Jayme Thornton
Jordan Samuel The After Show Treatment Cleanser "Jordan used to be a dancer, and this is amazing for taking off stage makeup. It's a gel you put on your skin dry. When you wash it off, it foams as it picks up all of the dirt and makeup."
Hadabisei Kracie Face Mask "If my skin looks dry, I use these Japanese moisturizing masks. Someone on a photo shoot recommended them, which is how I learn about most products."
MDSolarSciences Mineral Tinted Crème SPF 30 "If I'm not rehearsing or performing, I won't wear makeup. But I do wear sunscreen every day. I get this at Credo, an all-natural beauty store in SoHo. It's mattifying, but it feels velvety on the skin."
Haircare Routine "For everyday, I either wear my hair down naturally or in a ponytail. I don't even own a curling iron or a blow dryer. The only part of my hair-care routine that's elaborate is that I see Aura Friedman at Sally Hershberger for highlights. She's even dyed the ends pink before, which was really fun."
Tony Testa leads a rehearsal during his USC New Movement Residency. Photo by Mary Mallaney/Courtesy USC
The massive scale of choreographing an Olympic opening ceremony really has no equivalent. The hundreds of performers, the deeply historic rituals and the worldwide audience and significance make it a project like no other.
Just consider the timeline: For most live TV events like award shows, choreographers usually take a month or two to put everything together. For the Olympics, the process can take up to four years.
But this kind of challenge is exactly what Los Angeles choreographer Tony Testa is looking for. He's currently creating a submission to throw his hat in the ring to choreograph for Beijing's 2022 Winter Games.
In a studio high above Lincoln Center, Taylor Stanley is rehearsing a solo from Jerome Robbins' Opus 19/The Dreamer. As the pianist plays Prokofiev's plangent melody, Stanley begins to move, his arms forming crisp, clean lines while his upper body twists and melts from one position to the next.
All you see is intention and arrival, without a residue of superfluous movement. The ballet seems to depict a man searching for something, struggling against forces within himself. Stanley doesn't oversell the struggle—in fact he's quite low-key—but the clarity with which he executes the choreography draws you in.