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About the club

Hi, readers! I’m Isabella Boylston, principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre and host of the Ballerina Book Club on ALL ARTS.

I started Ballerina Book Club as a way to connect with my fans over something other than ballet. Growing up, I was always a huge book worm, and I loved escaping through the pages into another world — much in the same way I loved to lose myself in the daily movements of ballet class. Now as an adult, I often turn to literature to help inform my portrayals of the different characters I get to play on stage. Often, people have the misconception that dancers aren’t intellectually curious, but I’ve found the opposite to be true.

Photo of Isabella Boylston, host of Ballerina Book Club, casually reading a book.
Photo of Isabella Boylston, host of Ballerina Book Club, casually reading a book.

When I was 17, I was invited to join the American Ballet Theatre Studio Company. Halfway through my senior year in high school, I packed my bags and moved to New York City to begin my career as a professional dancer. I like to think that I’ve been able to continue my education throughout my adult life through reading and the sharing of stories. In the words of the iconic choreographer Twyla Tharp: “I read for growth, firmly believing that what you are today and what you will be in five years depends on two things: the people you meet and the books you read.”

My favorite genres are fantasy and sci-fi, but Ballerina Book Club will bring you an eclectic and diverse lineup of books and special guests. I hope that together, we can spark thoughtful and productive conversations.

You do not need to be a dancer to join Ballerina Book Club, everyone is welcome! All you need is an open book and an open mind!