Principal Dancer with The American Ballet Theater
June 21, 2021
Born in Sun Valley, Idaho, Isabella Boylston began dancing at the age of three. While training at the Academy of Colorado Ballet, she won the gold medal in 2001 at the Youth America Grand Prix Finals in New York City. In 2002, she began training at the Harid Conservatory in Boca Raton, Florida, on a full scholarship.
Boylston joined the ABT Studio Company in 2005, the main Company as an apprentice in May 2006 and the corps de ballet in March 2007. She was promoted to Soloist in June 2011 and to Principal Dancer in August 2014. She has performed leading roles in iconic ballet's like Swan Lake, Romeo & Juliet, Cinderella, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, La Bayadere, and many more! Boylston won the 2009 Princess Grace Award and was nominated for the 2010 Prix Benois de la Danse. In 2011 she received the Clive Barnes Award. She was the recipient of the 2014 Annenberg Fellowship. And recently, she was the stunt double for Oscar award winning actress Jennifer Lawrence in Red Sparrow. Isabella has been featured in publication such as Forbes, Vanity Fair, Vogue, Elle, and many more! This is her first time in the Bahamas and the ArtSea team is honored to welcome her to the islands!
Courtney Celeste Spears
Dancer with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater!
Courtney Celeste Spears (Baltimore MD) who is of Bahamian descent, is a professional dancer with the world renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and has performed in over 15 countries including France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Greece, and Japan. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with honors from The Ailey/Fordham BFA Program with a degree in dance and Communications/Media studies. While dancing professionally, Ms. Spears has continued her studies, recently completing Harvard Business School's Crossover into Business program for professional athletes and was also nominated for a New York Emmy for her leading role in The Black Iris Project's "A Mother's Rite" within the same year. She has been featured in publications such as Vogue, Self, Allure, and Vanity Fair as a signed model with Wilhelmina Models. As a dedicated mentor and entrepreneur, Ms. Spears is the Co-Founder and Director of her own company, ArtSea Dance, which brings world class dance entertainment and education to the caribbean, specifically The Bahamas. Ms. Spears aims to empower young dancers to think outside of the box and continues to use her own platform to uplift the next generation of artists.