Sara was born in England and raised in Barcelona, Spain. She trained at the Professional Dance Conservatoire of Barcelona, EESA/CPD Institut del Teatre and at the Ecole Supérieure de Danse Rosella Hightower. Sara finalised her studies at The Academy of Northern Ballet's Professional Graduate Programme. She joined Northern Ballet in 2020.
Learn more about Sara
Where were you born and raised?
My origins are quite the combination as I am a quarter Spanish, Portuguese, English and Scottish! I was born in Reading, England and at the age of five I moved to Barcelona, Spain and that is where I grew up.
At what age did you start dancing?
I have been dancing since before I can remember! But I started dancing more seriously at the age of nine.
Where did you train?
I started my training at a music and dance school in Barcelona called IEA Oriol Martorell in 2009. From 2012-2018 I attended the Dance Conservatory in Barcelona, EESA/CPD Institut del Teatre where I graduated with a professional dance diploma specialised in Classical Dance. After graduating I studied abroad for one year at the Ecole Supérieure de Danse Rosella Hightower in Cannes, France. To finalise my studies I joined The Academy of Northern Ballet's Professional Graduate Programme in 2019.
I was a finalist at Dance World Fair Alicante in 2018 and also a finalist at the Certament international de Dansa Ciutat de Barcelona in 2014.
Which Northern Ballet role would you most like to dance?
I would love to dance in The Nutcracker as I loved to watch this ballet when I was a kid and I have never performed it however there are so many other ballets that I am looking forward to dancing in as I believe each ballet is unique and special.
I had the opportunity to perform with Northern Ballet while being at the Professional Graduate Programme and I was lucky to be in the filming for CBeebies Little Red Riding Hood.
Some highlights from my training would have to be when I did a short internship at the Royal Ballet Flanders and at Aalto Ballet Essen. I also really enjoyed a trip I did around Holland to visit and take part in workshops at companies such as the Dutch National Ballet, Scapino Ballet, Netherlands Dans Theater, Introdans. It was a great opportunity to get to see lots of different works and I believe it has helped me to broaden my perspective.
What do you like most about being a dancer?
I really enjoy working with a team and bringing a ballet to life. I also like that there is always a new challenge and something to work on to deliver your best dancing and interpretation on stage. I find it so rewarding and I feel so grateful to now be able to do what I enjoy as a profession.
If you could adapt one work into a ballet what would it be?
I think Charlie And The Chocolate Factory could make for a really fun ballet. In addition I would love to see Titanic made into a ballet, I think it would be truly beautiful.
What is your favourite book?
I am not much of a reader but when I do read I like to read inspiring and empowering books. I really enjoyed reading The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.
What is your favourite post-show meal?
Probably something quick and nutritious to recover. Like some couscous with tofu and greens. As a treat I do also like to enjoy some dark chocolate with dates.
How do you like to relax?
To relax I would typically do some yoga and have a hot bubble bath with a cup of tea while listening to some relaxing music.
If you weren’t a dancer what would you be?
I’m not sure what I would be but I would probably still be doing something creative and artistic.
Header photo by Justin Slee.