Sarah Lane (dancer)

Sarah Lane
Born San Francisco, California, United States
Nationality American
Field Ballet
Training Draper Center for Dance
Boston Ballet

Sarah Lane is an American ballet dancer and a soloist with American Ballet Theatre (ABT).[1]


Life and career

Lane was born in San Francisco, California. She started training for dance at the Memphis Classical Ballet in Memphis, Tennessee. Her family later moved to Rochester, New York where she continued her training at the Draper Center for Dance Education. At the age of 16, she attended the Boston Ballet's Summer Program on a full scholarship. At the North American Ballet Festival in 2000 and 2001, she won first place and received the Capezio Class Excellence Award.

Seventeen year old Sarah Lane receiving prize money at USA IBC in 2002

In 2002 she received the highest medal in the Junior Division of the Jackson International Ballet Competition. During that time she also performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., as a Presidential Scholar in the Arts. Also in 2002, she won the Bronze Medal at the Youth America Grand Prix Competition. Lane joined the American Ballet Theatre in August 2003 as an apprentice, moved up to the corps de ballet in April 2004, and was promoted to soloist in August 2007. She won a Princess Grace Award in 2007 and received a Leonore Annenberg Fellowship in the Arts in 2008.

Black Swan

Lane served as a "dance double" for Natalie Portman in the 2010 film Black Swan, a psychological thriller about ballet dancers in New York City.[2] In a March 3 blog entry for Dance Magazine, editor-in-chief Wendy Perron asked: "Do people really believe that it takes only one year to make a ballerina? We know that Natalie Portman studied ballet as a kid and had a year of intensive training for the film, but that doesn’t add up to being a ballerina. However, it seems that many people believe that Portman did her own dancing in Black Swan." [3][4] This led to responses from Benjamin Millepied and Aronofsky, who both defended Portman, as well as a response from Lane on the subject.[5][6][7]

Selected repertoire

American Ballet Theatre[1]



External links

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