Sarah Van Patten is an award-winning, professional ballet dancer based in San Francisco, California. Sarah trained at Ballet Workshop of New England with Jacqueline Cronsberg, and danced with Massachusetts Youth Ballet and the Royal Danish Ballet before joining the San Francisco Ballet as a soloist in 2002.
She was promoted to principal dancer in 2007 and has danced lead roles in a variety of ballets including Juliet in Tomasson’s Romeo & Juliet; Odette/Odile in Tomasson’s Swan Lake; the Lilac Fairy in Tomasson’s The Sleeping Beauty; the Sugar Plum Fairy, Snow Queen, and Grand Pas de Deux Ballerina in Tomasson’s Nutcracker; Mercedes and Driad Queen in Tomasson/Possokhov’s Don Quixote, Tatiana in John Cranko’s Onegin and the Mermaid and Princess in Neumeier’s The Little Mermaid. Van Patten has also performed principal roles in a number of Balanchine works, including The Four Temperaments, Apollo, Who Cares?, Symphony in C, Serenade, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Emeralds, Diamonds, Scotch Symphony and Divertimento No. 15. She has created roles in Caniparoli’s Double Stop; Elo’s Double Evil; Morris’ Joyride; Mc Greggor’s Borderlands; Ashley Paig’s Guide to Strange Places; Alexi Ratmanski’s From Foreign lands; Tomasson’s The Fifth Season, Bagatelles, and Trio; and Wheeldon’s Within the Golden Hour, among others.
Her repertory also includes lead roles in Ashton’s Symphonic Variations; MacMillan’s Winter Dreams; McGregor’s Chroma; De Mille’s Rodeo; Mrozewski’s Concordia; Possokhov’s Firebird, Reflections, and Fusion; Ratmansky’s Russian Seasons; Robbins’ Dybbuk, Afternoon of a Faun, Fancy Free, In the Night, The Concert, and Opus 19/The Dreamer; Tomasson’s 7 for Eight, Nanna’s Lied, Blue Rose, and Prism; Tudor’s Jardin aux Lilas; Wheeldon’s Quaternary, Carousel (A Dance), and the pas de deux from After the Rain; and Zanella’s Underskin.
Van Patten was awarded Denmark’s New Talent Prize as an outstanding apprentice for the Royal Danish Ballet in 2001, and received the Chautauqua Festival Artistic Director’s Award in 1997. She was also recognized with an Isadora Duncan award for Best Ensemble Performance in 2009 as well as her performance as Giselle in 2010.