Sarah Lane

School Director

Born in San Francisco, California, Sarah Lane began her dance training in Memphis, Tennessee under the direction of Pat Gillispie at the Memphis Classical Ballet. When her family moved to Rochester, New York, she continued instruction with Timothy Draper and Jamey Leverett at the Draper Center for Dance Education. Consequently, she performed numerous roles in productions by the affiliated Rochester City Ballet.

When Lane was 16, she received a full scholarship to the Boston Ballet’s Summer Program. In 2000 and 2001, she was awarded first place and the Capezio Class Excellence Award at the North American Ballet Festival. In 2002, Lane was a National YoungArts Foundation Winner in Dance/Ballet, and through YoungArts became a 2002 U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts. Lane was the Silver Medalist, the highest medal in the Junior Division, at the Jackson International Ballet Competition (2002). During the competition, she traveled to Washington, D. C. to perform at the Kennedy Center as a Presidential Scholar in the Arts. That same year, Lane also won the Bronze Medal at the Youth America Grand Prix Competition.

Lane joined American Ballet Theatre’s studio company in 2002, joined the main company as an apprentice in August 2003, became a member of the Company’s corps de ballet in April 2004 and was appointed a Soloist in July 2007 and Principal Dancer in 2017. Her roles with the Company include Manon in Manon, Giselle and the peasant pas de deux in Giselle, Odette/Odile, Pas de Trois and Four Cygnets in Swan Lake, Nikiya and a Shades soloist in La Bayadère, Galya in The Bright Stream, the Fairy Spring in Frederick Ashton’s Cinderella, Blossom in James Kudelka’s Cinderella, Swanilda in Coppélia, Gulnare in Le Corsaire, Kitri, Amour and a flower girl in Don Quixote, Anne in Christopher Wheeldon’s VIII, the Flames of Paris pas de deux, Other Dances, the Two of Diamonds in Jeu de Cartes, Vera in A Month in the Country, Clara in Alexei Ratmansky’s The Nutcracker, Olga in Onegin, the Youngest Sister in Pillar of Fire, one of Juliet’s friends in Romeo and Juliet, Celestial in Shadowplay, Princess Aurora, Princess Florine, the Fairy of Charity and the Fairy of Joy in The Sleeping Beauty, the pas de deux from Stars and Stripes, the Waltz in Les Sylphides, a Goat in Sylvia, the Principal in Theme and Variations, Spectre de la Rose and roles in Bach Partita, Birthday Offering, The Brahms-Haydn Variations, Chamber Symphony, Désir, Drink To Me Only With Thine Eyes, Glow-Stop, In the Upper Room, Kaleidoscope, The Leaves Are Fading, Raymonda Divertissements, Seven Sonatas, Souvenir d’ un lieu Cher, Sinatra Suite, Some Assembly Required, Principal in Symphony in C, With A Chance of Rain, etc. She created the Chinese Dance in Alexei Ratmansky’s The Nutcracker, Miranda in The Tempest, Princess Praline in Whipped Cream, Columbine in Harlequinade, Spring Rose in Seasons and a role in Demis Volpi’s Private Light.

Lane was a recipient of the Princess Grace Award in 2007 and Leonore Annenberg Fellowship in the Arts in 2008. She was the dancing double for Natalie Portman in Fox Searchlight Pictures’ feature film Black Swan. She has modeled for numerous magazines, designers and companies. Lane is an international guest artist who has performed with numerous ballet companies around the world including Houston Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Richmond Ballet, Teatro dell’ Opera di Roma, Kremlin Ballet, Barcelona Ballet, NBA Ballet Company and Hong Kong Ballet. Sarah is also an international guest ballet teacher. She has taught for Kansas City Ballet School, the ABT William J. Gillispie School, LakeCities Ballet Theatre, The Washington Ballet, Colorado Ballet Academy, American Repertory Ballet, New Jersey Ballet, City Ballet of San Diego, Skidmore College, Santa Fe College, New York Dance Alliance and Barcelona Ballet to name a few. She is currently working as a guest rehearsal director for American Repertory Ballet, alongside Ethan Stiefel and Gillian Murphy. Sarah is a certified Gyrokinesis instructor and a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. Lane has written essays for the Wall Street Journal Online, Dance Magazine, Pointe Magazine, and Dance Spirit Magazine. She has been featured by numerous magazines and newspapers, including Dance Teacher, Glamour, Elle, Pulp, Interview, Timeout, Dance and Pointe magazines. She is an alumna of the Harvard Crossover into Business Program. Sarah is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree.

In September 2023 Sarah became Director of School of Ballet RI, assuming a leading role in training the next generation of artists and leaders with comprehensive and compassionate dance education.

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