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Principals

Sarah Van Patten

DIANA DOLLAR KNOWLES PRINCIPAL DANCER

Sarah Van Patten

Biography

  • Born

    Boston, Massachusetts

  • Training

    Ballet Workshop of New England

  • San Francisco Ballet

    Joined the Company as a soloist in 2002
    Promoted to principal dancer in 2007
    Appointed Diana Dollar Knowles Principal Dancer in 2013

  • Other Companies

    Massachusetts Youth Ballet
    Royal Danish Ballet

Tomasson

7 for Eight (Pas de deux)

Bagatelles (originated)

Blue Rose

Caprice (Pas de deux)

Criss-Cross (Schoenberg-Handel movement principal)

Don Quixote (Mercedes, Queen of the Driads, Gypsy Queen, and Kitri’s Friends)

The Fifth Season (originated)

Meistens Mozart

Nutcracker (Queen of the Snow, Sugar Plum Fairy, Arabian, and Grand Pas de Deux)

On Common Ground

On a Theme of Paganini

Prism

Le Quattro Stagioni (Autumn)

Romeo & Juliet (Juliet)

The Sleeping Beauty (Lilac Fairy, Fairy of Generosity, and Pas de Six/Diamond Fairy)

Swan Lake (Odette/Odile, Swan Maidens, and Spanish)

Trio (originated)

 

Tomasson/Christensen

The Nutcracker (Sugar Plum Fairy, Snow Queen, Arabian, and Mirlitons)

 

Ashton 

Symphonic Variations

 

Balanchine

Allegro Brillante

Apollo (Calliope and Terpsichore)

Ballo della Regina

Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet

Coppélia (Dawn and War and Discord soloist)

Diamonds

Divertimento No. 15

Emeralds 

The Four Temperaments (Sanguinic)

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Helena)

Serenade (Waltz Girl and Angel)

Stravinsky Violin Concerto (Aria I)

Scotch Symphony

Symphony in C

Symphony in Three Movements (Pas de deux)

Theme and Variations

Who Cares?

 

Bintley

The Dance House (Pas de deux)

 

Caniparoli

Double Stop (originated)

Ibsen’s House (Nora Helmer in “A Doll’s House”)

Lambarena

No Other

 

Cranko

Onegin (Tatiana)

 

Elo

Double Evil (originated)

 

Forsythe

in the middle, somewhat elevated

 

Liang

Symphonic Dances

 

Lifar

Suite en Blanc (Cigarette solo and pas de deux)

 

MacMillan

Elite Syncopations

Winter Dreams (Masha)

 

Makarova after Petipa

Paquita

 

van Manen 

Variations for Two Couples

 

Marston

Snowblind (originated role of Zeena Frome)

 

McGregor

Borderlands

Chroma

 

McIntyre

Presentce (originated)

 

de Mille

Rodeo (Cowgirl)

 

Morris

A Garden (Pas de deux)

Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes

Joyride (originated)

Maelstrom

Pacific

Sandpaper Ballet (Pas de deux)

Sylvia  

 

Mrozewski

Concordia

 

Neumeier

The Little Mermaid (Mermaid and Princess)

 

Nureyev

Raymonda—Act III

 

Page

Guide to Strange Places (originated)

 

Peck

Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming (originated)

Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes

 

Pita

Björk Ballet (originated)

 

Possokhov

Firebird (Firebird and Princess)

Fusion 

Reflections

 

Ratmansky

Le Carnival des Animaux (Elephant)

From Foreign Lands (originated)

Russian Seasons (Red Woman)

Chamber Symphony and Symphony #9 in Shostakovich Trilogy

Souvenir d’un lieu cher

 

Robbins

Afternoon of a Faun

The Concert

Dances at a Gathering (Mauve)

Dybbuk

Fancy Free

In the Night (3rd pas de deux) 

Opus 19/The Dreamer

 

Scarlett

Hummingbird

 

Taylor

Company B

 

Thatcher

Ghost in the Machine

 

Tudor

Jardin aux Lilas (Caroline)

 

Wheeldon

After the Rain (Pas de deux)

Carousel (A Dance)

Cinderella (Cinderella, Stepmother Hortensia, and Stepsister Edwina)

Ghosts

Number Nine

Quaternary

Rush

Within the Golden Hour (originated)

 

Zanella

Underskin

Balanchine 

Apollo (Terpsichore and Polyhymnia)

Baiser de la fée

Concerto Barocco

Divertimento No. 15

George Balanchine’s The NutcrackerTM (Sugar Plum Fairy)

Serenade (Russian Girl and Waltz Couple)

Symphony in C

Tarantella

Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux

Western Symphony

Who Cares? (“The Man I Love”)

 

Bonnefoux

Courante (originated)

 

Bournonville

Flower Festival in Genzano

 

Martins

Fearful Symmetries

Hallelujah Junction (originated)

Swan Lake

 

Neumeier

Romeo and Juliet (Juliet)

 

after Petipa

Giselle (Giselle)

Paquita

 

Rowe

Before You Had a Name

 

Rushton

Béla (originated)

  • Received an Isadora Duncan Dance Special Award for “Many Faces of Giselle,” noting stellar interpretation of the title role, 2012.
  • Awarded an Isadora Duncan Dance Award for Best Ensemble Performance in Balanchine’s Stravinsky Violin Concerto for the 2009 Repertory Season.
  • Nominated for an Isadora Duncan Dance Award for Individual Performance for the entire 2009 Repertory Season.
  • Awarded Denmark’s New Talent Prize as an outstanding apprentice at Royal Danish Ballet, 2001.
  • Received Chautauqua Festival Artistic Director’s Award, 1997.
  • Performed with Tiit Helimets and Company on tour in Estonia, June 2011.
  • Performed with Damian Smith and other SF Ballet dancers throughout Australia, June 2010.
  • Performed with M & Company in Koeln, Germany, January 2010. 
  • Performed with Mateo Klemmayer and other SF Ballet dancers in six cities in Europe, May 2008.
  • Joined Royal Danish Ballet in 2001 at age 15 as an apprentice, and at age 17, became the youngest dancer to receive a contract in the company’s history.
  • Performed Snowflake and Flower in George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker with Pennsylvania Ballet, December 1999.
  • Performed Sugar Plum Fairy in George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker with Irving Ballet in Texas, December 1998.

Q&A

What ballet or role would you like to dance but haven't yet? Why?

Lady of the Camellias because it's a beautiful work. Also, I have a history of working with John Neumeier and love his ballets.

What’s your biggest challenge as a dancer? Why?

Time management is a challenge because I'm a mom.

What is your perfect day?

Brunch with my husband and son, visiting the playground, taking an afternoon nap, and dinner with friends and family.