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Principals

Sasha De Sola

Sasha De Sola

Biography

  • BORN

    Winter Park, Florida

  • TRAINING

    Kirov Academy of Ballet

  • SAN FRANCISCO BALLET

    Named an apprentice in 2006
    Joined in 2007
    Promoted to soloist in 2012
    Promoted to principal dancer in 2017

helgi Tomasson

Don Quixote (Kitri, Bridesmaids, Kitri’s Friends, Seguidilla, Driad Queen, Driads, and Fandango)

The Fifth Season

Giselle (Myrtha, Solo Wili, and Peasant pas de cinq)

Haffner Symphony

Nutcracker (Party Guests, Queen of the Snow, Snowflakes, Sugar Plum Fairy, Spanish, French, Flowers, and Grand Pas de Deux)

On a Theme of Paganini

Prism

Romeo & Juliet

The Sleeping Beauty (Aurora, Nymphs, and Polonaise)

Swan Lake (Act 1 pas de trois, Aristocrats, Swan Maidens, Czardas, Russian, and Peasants)

Trio

george Balanchine

Agon (1st pas de trois)

Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet (1st and 4th movement)

Coppélia (Waltz of the Hours soloist, Dawn, Jesterettes, and Swanilda’s Friends)

Diamonds

Divertimento No. 15 (Allegro - Ballerina)

Emeralds

The Four Temperaments

Rubies

Serenade (Russian Girl)

from Stars and Stripes (finale)

Stravinsky Violin Concerto

Symphony in C (3rd movement demi-soloist)

Symphony in Three Movements

Tarantella

Theme and Variations

john Cranko

Onegin (Olga and Polonaise)

val Caniparoli

Ibsen’s House (Rebecca West in “Rosmersholm”)

Tears (originated)

michel Fokine

Petrouchka

william Forsythe

Artifact Suite

Pas/Parts 2016

The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude

james Kudelka

The Ruins Proclaim the Building Was Beautiful

harald Lander

Études (excerpt) (Principal Woman)

edwaard Liang

Symphonic Dances

serge Lifar

Serenade

Suite en Blanc (pas de trois)

wayne McGregor

Borderlands

natalia Makarova after marius Petipa

La Bayadère, Act II (1st and “slow” Solo Shades in “The Kingdom of the Shades”)

trey McIntyre

Your Flesh Shall Be a Great Poem (originated)

benjamin Millepied

Appassionata

mark Morris

Maelstrom 

Sandpaper Ballet 

john Neumeier

The Little Mermaid (Henriette/The Princess)

rudolf Nureyev

Raymonda—Act III (3rd classical solo)

ashley Page

Guide to Strange Places (Quartet)

after Petipa

Le Corsaire (Pas de Deux)

yuri Possokhov

Classical Symphony

The Rite of Spring

Firebird (Princess)

Fusion

“… two united in a single soul…”

alexei Ratmansky

From Foreign Lands (Russian, Polish, and Hungarian)

Symphony #9 and Chamber Symphony in Shostakovich Trilogy

dwight Rhoden

LET’S BEGIN AT THE END (originated)

jerome Robbins

The Concert

Dances at a Gathering (Blue)

Fancy Free (pas de deux principal)

Glass Pieces

In the Night (1st pas de deux)

Other Dances

West Side Story Suite

liam Scarlett

Fearful Symmetries 

Frankenstein (Justine Moritz)

Hummingbird (originated)

myles Thatcher

Ghost in the Machine (originated)

Stone and Steel

stanton Welch

Bespoke (originated)

christopher Wheeldon

Bound To (originated)

Cinderella (Stepsister Edwina, Spirit of Winter/Fluidity, and Russian Princess)

Continuum

Ghosts

Number Nine

Rush (2nd movement pas de deux)

Within the Golden Hour

 
  • Won the silver medal in the Professional Division at the World International Ballet Competition, Orlando, Florida, 2017. 
  • Received Best Junior Couple Prize at the USA International Ballet Competition, Jackson, Mississippi, 2006.
  • Awarded the Junior Division bronze medal at the Varna International Ballet Competition, Varna, Bulgaria, 2006.
  • Danced George Balanchine’s Tarantella, Jorma Elo’s Double Stop, and Le Corsaire Pas de Deux at the International Ballet Gala: World Ballet Superstars, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2014.
  • Performed Le Corsaire Pas de Deux with Taras Domitro at the World Ballet Competition Gala, Orlando, Florida, 2013.
  • Performed George Balanchine’s Apollo and Val Caniparoli’s Ibsen’s House with Tiit Helimets and Company, Estonia, 2011.

Q&A

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

Giselle, Aurora, and/or Jerome Robbins' Afternoon of a Faun. I love the concept of Afternoon of a Faun and I feel like there is so much beauty and truth intertwined in the work that I would love to interpret it. Regarding Giselle and Aurora, I love the classics and how there are so many different ways to explore each character's depth. While we create the future of ballet here, I also like to remember the older works.

What has been your proudest moment as a dancer? Why?

There have been many moments when I have been proud of the Company as a whole. I always find satisfaction when we all come together to create our best performance possible. Something that stands out in my mind is performing Robbins’ Dances at a Gathering.

When I'm not working I enjoy...

Spoiling my dog.