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Isabella Boylston Promoted to Soloist


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#16 bingham

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Posted 16 June 2011 - 05:44 AM


Has anyone ever gone from Corps De Ballet straight to Principal?

I think that may have happened under Baryshnikov (Susan Jaffee?) but never under Kevin. IMO his slowness to promote dancers to principal (especially women) is terrible & may prompt some worthy dancers to leave ABT. What's the point of being promoted to principal when you're past your prime? At NYCB principals are generally around 20 yrs.old. At ABT it's more like 30 yrs old. The quick promotion of Boylston is a step in the right direction. Hope Simkin named principal soon!

I don't recall of anyone who was promoted to principal from the corps de ballet at ABT.Susan J. was a soloist for a season or two before being promoted to principal dancer.

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Posted 16 June 2011 - 08:41 PM



Has anyone ever gone from Corps De Ballet straight to Principal?

I think that may have happened under Baryshnikov (Susan Jaffee?) but never under Kevin. IMO his slowness to promote dancers to principal (especially women) is terrible & may prompt some worthy dancers to leave ABT. What's the point of being promoted to principal when you're past your prime? At NYCB principals are generally around 20 yrs.old. At ABT it's more like 30 yrs old. The quick promotion of Boylston is a step in the right direction. Hope Simkin named principal soon!

I don't recall of anyone who was promoted to principal from the corps de ballet at ABT.Susan J. was a soloist for a season or two before being promoted to principal dancer.


Ditto Angel Corella, who went from the back of the corps in Spain, to ABT soloist (Apr.'95), to ABT principal (Aug.'96) by age 20. A very fast ascent, (and under McKenzie).

But to get back to the original topic... I am VERY happy for Ms. Boylston, professionally & personally, and look forward to watching her achieve even greater success in the future.


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