- Boston, Massachusetts
- Ballet Workshop of New England
- Company Membership
Joined as a soloist in 2002
Promoted to principal dancer in 2007
Appointed Diana Dollar Knowles Principal Dancer in 2013
Sarah Van Patten has danced principal roles in Tomasson’s Giselle (Giselle and Myrtha), Nutcracker (Sugar Plum Fairy and Grand Pas de Deux Ballerina), Romeo & Juliet (Juliet), The Sleeping Beauty (Lilac Fairy), and Swan Lake (Odette/Odile); Tomasson/Possokhov’s Don Quixote (Mercedes); Balanchine’s Coppélia (Dawn); Cranko’s Onegin (Tatiana); Neumeier’s The Little Mermaid (Mermaid and Princess); and Wheeldon’s Cinderella (Cinderella, Stepmother Hortensia, and Stepsister Edwina). She created roles in Caniparoli’s Double Stop; Elo’s Double Evil; McGregor’s Borderlands; McIntyre’s Presentce; Morris’ Joyride; Page’s Guide to Strange Places; Ratmansky’s From Foreign Lands; Tomasson’s The Fifth Season and Trio; and Wheeldon’s Within the Golden Hour, among others.
Her repertory includes Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante, Diamonds, Emeralds, The Four Temperaments, Scotch Symphony, Serenade, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Symphony in C, and Symphony in Three Movements; Ashton’s Symphonic Variations; Caniparoli’s Lambarena; Liang’s Symphonic Dances; Lifar’s Suite en Blanc; MacMillan’s Elite Syncopations; van Manen’s Variations for Two Couples; McGregor’s Chroma; de Mille’s Rodeo; Morris’ Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes; Possokhov’s Firebird and Fusion; Nureyev’s Raymonda—Act III; Ratmansky’s Shostakovich Trilogy and Souvenir d’un lieu cher; Robbins’ Afternoon of a Faun, The Concert, and Dances at a Gathering; Scarlett’s Hummingbird; Thatcher’s Ghost in the Machine; Tomasson’s 7 for Eight, Caprice, Nanna’s Lied, and Prism; Tudor’s Jardin aux Lilas; and Wheeldon’s After the Rain Pas de Deux, Carousel (A Dance), Rush, and Quaternary.
Sarah won an Isadora Duncan Dance Special Award for “Many Faces of Giselle” in 2012 and Denmark’s New Talent Prize as a Royal Danish Ballet apprentice in 2001.
What ballet or role would you like to dance but haven't yet? Why?
Lady of the Camellias because its 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's your perfect day?
Brunch with my husband and son, visiting the playground, taking an afternoon nap, and dinner with friends and family.