SARA MEARNS

Featured Roles Since Joining NYCB

George Balanchine
  • Allegro Brillante
  • Apollo
  • Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet
  • Concerto Barocco
  • Cortège Hongrois 
  • "Diamonds" from Jewels
  • "Emeralds" from Jewels
  • Episodes
  • Firebird
  • The Four Temperaments
  • George Balanchine's The Nutcracker™ (Sugarplum Fairy, Dewdrop)
  • Ivesiana (In the Inn)
  • Kammermusik No. 2
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream (Titania)
  • Mozartiana
  • Orpheus
  • Prodigal Son
  • Raymonda Variations
  • Robert Schumann's "Davidsbündlertänze"
  • Serenade
  • Slaughter on Tenth Avenue
  • La Sonnambula
  • Stars and Stripes
  • Swan Lake
  • Symphony in C (Second Movement)
  • Tschaikovsky Suite No. 3
  • Vienna Waltzes
  • Walpurgisnacht Ballet
  • Western Symphony (Rondo)
  • Who Cares?
Peter Martins
  • Barber Violin Concerto
  • Beethoven Romance
  • Chichester Psalms
  • Fearful Symmetries
  • Naïve and Sentimental Music
  • Octet
  • The Sleeping Beauty (Lilac Fairy)
  • Swan Lake (Odette/Odile, Spanish)
  • Thou Swell
Alexei Ratmansky
  • Concerto DSCH
  • Russian Seasons
Jerome Robbins
  • Antique Epigraphs
  • Dances at a Gathering
  • The Four Seasons (Spring)
  • The Goldberg Variations
  • In G Major
  • In The Night
  • Ives, Songs
  • I'm Old Fashioned
  • Piano Pieces
Jerome Robbins and Twyla Tharp
  • Brahms/Handel
Richard Tanner
  • Sonatas and Interludes
Christopher Wheeldon
  • After The Rain
  • An American in Paris
  • DGV: Danse à Grande Vitesse
  • Polyphonia

Originated featured roles in

  • Melissa Barak: A Simple Symphony
  • Peter Martins: Ocean's Kingdom (Honorata), The Red Violin
  • Benjamin Millepied: Why am I not where you are
  • Alexei Ratmansky: Namouna, A Grand Divertissement
  • Susan Stroman: "Frankie and Johnny ... and Rose" from For the Love of Duke
  • Lynne Taylor-Corbett: The Seven Deadly Sins
  • Christopher Wheeldon: Les Carillons, The Nightingale and The Rose, Rococo Variations

originated corps roles in

  • Peter Martins: Chichester Psalms, Friandises
  • Susan Stroman: "Blue Necklace" from Double Feature

Sara Mearns was born in Columbia, South Carolina, and began her dance training at the age of three with Ann Brodie at the Calvert-Brodie School of Dance, also in Columbia. At the age of 13, Ms. Mearns trained with Patricia McBride at Dance Place, the School of North Carolina Dance Theatre, in Charlotte. She continued her studies at age 14 with Stanislav Issaev at the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities in Greenville. Ms. Mearns entered the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet, full time in the fall of 2001. In the fall of 2003 Ms. Mearns became an apprentice with New York City Ballet. As an apprentice, Ms. Mearns danced a featured role in Michel Fokine's Chopiniana, performed by SAB as part of New York City Ballet's 2004 winter season. In June of 2004, Ms. Mearns joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet. In March of 2006 she was promoted to soloist. In June 2008 Ms. Mearns was promoted to principal dancer.





Other performances

She performed in NYCB's Education Department lectures in January of 2003. Ms. Mearns also danced on a performance tour with North Carolina Dance Theatre in the winter of 1999.

Honors

Ms. Mearns is a 2003 recipient of the Mae L. Wien Award for Outstanding Promise and a 2003 nominee for the Princess Grace Award.
 

Portrait © Arthur Elgort