Search results for: Sara Mearns

The Music, Books and TV Shows Getting Sara Mearns Through Quarantine

Sara Mearns is usually everywhere. If she’s not dancing with her home company, New York City Ballet, she’s working on musical theater projects with her husband Joshua Bergasse, commissioning work from downtown choreographers, embodying modern masters like Cunningham and Duncan, collaborating with hip-hop artists or guesting at the opera. And when she’s not dancing, she’s […]

Dance Magazine Award Honoree: Sara Mearns

Sara Mearns is a force. There is a monumentality to her dancing that was apparent even as a young corps member of 19, cast in her first Swan Lake with New York City Ballet. She threw herself into the role heart and soul, stretching each shape to the limit, trusting the music to carry her […]

Sara Mearns Has Officially Broken Out of the Ballerina Box

Sara Mearns is no longer just a ballerina. Since first stepping outside of New York City Ballet with downtown dancemaker Jodi Melnick in 2015, she’s expanded her rep in some surprising directions. She’s taken on classic modern techniques like Graham, Cunningham and Duncan. She’s created new work with hip-hop duo Wang Ramirez and contemporary choreographers […]

No Holds Barred: Sara Mearns

Sara Mearns is onstage in semi-darkness, ferociously spinning in attitude, arms flailing overhead. Her feet stabbing like angry pecking birds, she pirouettes on the edge of control, and then suddenly collapses in a wide second position on pointe. During the stage rehearsal of Alexei Ratmansky’s demanding Russian Seasons last February, Mearns danced full-out. While most […]

Sara Mearns & Jodi Melnick: Ballet Glamour Meets PostModern Glamour

When New York City Ballet principal Sara Mearns got a hankering to work with a woman choreographer, she was tapping into a something that has become a big issue in the dance world. (Hey, if a woman can run for President, why can’t more female choreographers be hired by NYCB?) She didn’t want just any […]

Your Body: Working Out With Sara Mearns

The NYCB principal uses cross-training to lengthen and support her body without wearing it out. Mearns, here in Allegro Brillante, starts her warm-up with a hot shower. Photo by Paul Kolnik, courtesy NYCB. A few years ago, Sara Mearns’ weeks were packed with gym visits and Gyrotonic training. But as her schedule at New York […]

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