Isabella Boylston

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Isabella Boylston Is Expanding Her Book Club. First Up: Chatting With a Major Science Fiction Author

American Ballet Theatre principal Isabella Boylston's bibliophilia has been well documented—particularly on Instagram Instagram, where she shares her reading recommendations through #BallerinaBookClub. But through a partnership with ALL ARTS, WNET's dedicated digital art platform, Boylston is taking Ballerina Book Club to a whole new level, adding monthly author interviews with special guest stars.


First up is a conversation between Boylston and N.K. Jemisin, author of August Ballerina Book Club pick The City We Became (and the first person ever to win the Hugo Award for excellence in science fiction and fantasy three years consecutively, no big deal). Their discussion, which includes delightful musings on which of the famed science fiction author's works would be best suited for a balletic adaptation, goes live tomorrow at 12 pm Eastern on ALL ARTS' YouTube; an Instagram Live discussion of The City We Became is slated for August 26.

Also on the docket is a conversation with Boylston's inimitable ABT colleague Misty Copeland on September 18. They'll discuss Copeland's memoir, Life in Motion, and her picture book, Firebird, as well as her upcoming children's title Bunheads, out September 29. Further programming has yet to be announced (be sure to sign up for the official newsletter for updates), but we don't doubt it'll give plenty for dance-lovers-slash-avid-readers to look forward to.

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4 Reasons Interdisciplinary Education Can Make You a Stronger Dancer, According to CalArts

After years spent training in their childhood studio, it can be hard for dancers to realize exactly how many pathways there are toward career success. The School of Dance at CalArts aims to show its students all of them.

Built with the intention to break barriers and bend the rules, CalArts' interdisciplinary curriculum ensures that students take classes that cover an entire spectrum of artistic approaches. The result? A dance program that gives you much more than just dance.

Last week, Dance Magazine caught up with Kevin Whitmire, assistant director of admission for CalArts School of Dance, and recent alum Kevin Zambrano for the inside scoop on how an interdisciplinary curriculum can make you a stronger artist. Watch the full event below, and read on for the highlights.

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