Isabella Boylston, Rozzi 

The ballerina and the pop star talk about collaborating, ambition and chocolate chip cookies in Ketchum

Left: Isabella Boylston. Right: Rozzi

Left: Lexie Moreland; Right: Rozzi

Left: Isabella Boylston. Right: Rozzi

For this column's devotees, Isabella Boylston's name should ring a bell: She's the Sun Valley native who is now a principal dancer for the American Ballet Theatre in New York City (she also has some acting experience under her belt, having performed as Jennifer Lawrence's dance double in the film Red Sparrow). Rosalind "Rozzi" Crane is a pop star who, in 2012, became the first artist signed to Adam Levine's record label, 222 Records. She dropped her first album, Bad Together, in 2018.

Together, they'll perform "When I Think of You" at The Argyros on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 9 and 10—a fusion of their talents for music and dance.

How did you two start working together?

Rozzi: My manager wanted me to team up with some dancers for some videos for some songs, and I just love ballet. We started with my favorite ballerinas. [Isabella] and I started following each other on Instagram. That's how we started talking. We made a music video together and we just connected. Is that your version?

Boylston: I knew that I loved her music, and I knew I was really excited for this particular song. The message really resonated with me, and Rozzi was in New York, and we met up and totally hit it off.

Rozzi, you're based in Los Angeles, and Isabella, you live in New York. How has technology enabled you to collaborate?

Boylston: Rozzi has been rehearsing with her band, and they've been sending me their rehearsals, and I've been in New York rehearsing with the dancers. We've been sending Rozzi video of the choreography.

What does popular music offer ballet, and vice versa?

Boylston: There are definitely dancers who have collaborated with pop musicians really successfully, but I do feel like this is totally unique, in that it's a full evening, totally the creative vision of me and Rozzi, just the two of us doing everything ourselves. I'll even be choreographing for the first time ever.

Rozzi: To me, it was only when we started telling people about this show that they even remembered that ballet was this older, more traditional art form. To me, it's unbelievably athletic and artistic, that's so modern.

This is your first time choreographing a dance professionally. What did you learn?

Boylston: When I was a kid in Sun Valley, I choreographed all the time, and the first song I ever choreographed to was to Annie Lennox's "Walking on Broken Glass." That was when I was, probably, six. In a way, I'm getting in touch with my roots.

Rozzi: I was writing songs from a young age, but the fact that I was being encouraged to be a singer meant I wasn't being a songwriter, and it was only after some growing up in the industry that I really got back to writing songs. Maybe it's kind of similar. Maybe you were always a choreographer inside.

Isabella, what are your top stops in the Sun Valley area?

Boylston: I have to go to Perry's for a chocolate chip cookie. And my dad, he'd play at Whiskey Jacques'. I love The Pioneer. [Rozzi] has to try trout and brie; I doubt she's ever had that combo.

Both of you have acting chops. Isabella, you were in Red Sparrow, and Rozzi, you were in an episode of Wet Hot American Summer.

Rozzi: I can't believe you know that! That's so amazing.

Boylston: I didn't even know that!

Rozzi: That was so scary. Isabella, I think you were in Red Sparrow a little more than I was in Red Hot American Summer.

Boylston: Luckily, I was doing what I mainly know how to do, which is dance.

Would you collaborate again?

Boylston: We want to bring this show on the road. We'll bring it to New York, L.A., we know someone in Seattle. We want to tour as much as possible.

What's next for you after the stop in Ketchum?

Boylston: I have a bunch of touring, and it's a little early for us to announce more dates to the Rozzi-Isabella show, but yeah, I'll be back on the road with American Ballet Theatre.

Rozzi: I'm going on tour, but it's too soon to officially announce it. I'll be releasing new material this year, and it's also too soon to announce it. Also, I'll be starting a podcast with my friend, Scott Hoying, who's in Pentatonix. We're good friends from USC, so we get people who are really good at something to come on the podcast and talk about it, drink champagne and talk some trash while we do it.


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