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Sara Mearns

Principal Dancer at New York City Ballet & Mental Health Advocate

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Sara Mearns Biography

Sara Mearns is one of today’s most internationally celebrated dancers in classical ballet. As a principal dancer with New York City Ballet, Mearns has performed featured roles in beloved ballets such as Symphony in C, and Jewels (Emeralds and Diamonds), Serenade, Mozartiana, Walpurgisnacht Ballet, amongst countless others. Her signature role for which she has received repeated critical acclaim is the well-known swan queen in Swan Lake, for which New York City Ballet Artistic Director Peter Martins first chose her to perform the role while she was still in the corps de ballet at the age of 19.

Mearns’ love and passion for ballet harkens back to her youth in Columbia, South Carolina, when she began her dance training at the age of three with Ann Brodie at the Calvert-Brodie School of Dance. At the age of 13, Mearns trained with Patricia McBride at Dance Place, the School of North Carolina Dance Theatre, in Charlotte. She continued her studies at age 14 with Stanislav Issaev at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities in Greenville. Mearns entered the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet, full time in the fall of 2001. By the fall of 2003, she became an apprentice with New York City Ballet. As an apprentice, she danced a featured role in Michel Fokine’s Chopiniana, performed by SAB as part of New York City Ballet’s winter 2004 season. In June of 2004, she joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet and was promoted to the rank of soloist in March of 2006. In June 2008, she was promoted to principal dancer.

Mearns has originated roles in pieces by world renown choreographers such as Alexei Ratmansky, Christopher Wheeldon, Peter Martins, Justin Peck, Karole Armitage, Benjamin Millepied, Liam Scarlett, Richard Tanner, Susan Stroman, and Emmy Award winning choreographer Joshua Bergasse. She has commissioned works for the Fall for Dance Festivals at New York City Center in 2013 and 2014. She also starred in a full night production, “A Dancers Dream”, at the New York Philharmonic conducted by Alan Gilbert. Mearns has guested around the world and will be performing in dance festivals state side such as the Vail International Dance Festival. Mearns has also recently guested with the Isadora Duncan Foundation in June at The Joyce Theater, The Ashley Bouder Project in March, and company Wang/Ramirez from Germany at the Jacobs Pillow Gala. She made her debut in Matthew Bourne’s production of The Red Shoes at New York City Center this October.

She was nominated for the “Benois de la dance” award for best female performance of the year in 2012 for her role in Paul McCartney’s “Ocean’s Kingdom”. Also, she was nominated for a Bessie award for outstanding performance in a large venue in 2014. She is featured on AOL’s series City.Ballet’s first and second season executive produced by Sarah Jessica Parker and recently joined Youtube’s DanceOn as a partner. She is an advisory board member of Dance NYC, artists committee of the Joyce theatre as well as an ambassador to the Dizzy Feet Foundation with Nigel Lythgoe. She is currently the face of K Deer Yoga and ambassador for the iconic fragrance beauty company, Guerlain. As a Guerlain ambassador, Sara tries new products, promotes the product launches, events and serves as an honest voice of the Guerlain brand. She is also currently featured in the dance wear companies, Bloch and Danskin, spring 2015 campaigns. She recently guest starred in the Tony nominated Broadway revival, On The Town and worked on a video project to promote a new laptop product for Hewlett Packard. In 2014, Sara Mearns was signed by Cole Haan to collaborate on a capsule collection of footwear inspired by the studio-to-street lifestyle of a City Ballet dancer. The inaugural collection launched in October 2014 in Cole Haan stores nationwide and on www.colehaan.com and has continued with “The Art of Elegant Innovation” which launched this spring. Sara worked closely with Cole Haan’s design and merchandising teams to develop each season’s capsule offerings. An all new SoDanca campaign will be coming up in January 2018, as well as an ambassadorship with HyperIce, and a collaboration with Tiger Balm later this year.

In addition to Mearns’ busy career, she is committed to educating young people – boys and girls – to the wonders of classical ballet, from fitness and health to developing discipline and a love for the arts. A frequent speaker at schools, Mearns is proud of her ability to touch young people with a positive message, with the hope that they, too, will pursue their dreams to the fullest. She has also become an advocate for injury prevention. After suffering a painful back injury during the summer of 2012 while on stage, Mearns was forced to take eight months off from dancing. This time allowed her to re-prioritize and re-evaluate her life and goals. She realized that talking about injury prevention when it comes to dance is just as important as spreading the message about the art form itself. She has participated on numerous panels and in conferences talking about this very issue, which has helped raise awareness about the need for better physical therapy options for professional ballet dancers. This summer, Sara was honored to perform at the Paris Opera House with NYCB.

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  • HOW TO BOOK Sara Mearns?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Sara Mearns for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Sara Mearns, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Sara Mearns or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BOOK Sara Mearns?

    Speaking fees for Sara Mearns, or any other keynote speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The amount that Sara Mearns charges to speak often varies according to the circumstances, including their schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Sara Mearns, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Sara Mearns?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Sara Mearns for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Sara Mearns for your next private or corporate function.
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    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Sara Mearns or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Sara Mearns or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.
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Sara Mearns Biography

Sara Mearns is one of today’s most internationally celebrated dancers in classical ballet. As a principal dancer with New York City Ballet, Mearns has performed featured roles in beloved ballets such as Symphony in C, and Jewels (Emeralds and Diamonds), Serenade, Mozartiana, Walpurgisnacht Ballet, amongst countless others. Her signature role for which she has received repeated critical acclaim is the well-known swan queen in Swan Lake, for which New York City Ballet Artistic Director Peter Martins first chose her to perform the role while she was still in the corps de ballet at the age of 19.

Mearns’ love and passion for ballet harkens back to her youth in Columbia, South Carolina, when she began her dance training at the age of three with Ann Brodie at the Calvert-Brodie School of Dance. At the age of 13, Mearns trained with Patricia McBride at Dance Place, the School of North Carolina Dance Theatre, in Charlotte. She continued her studies at age 14 with Stanislav Issaev at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities in Greenville. Mearns entered the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet, full time in the fall of 2001. By the fall of 2003, she became an apprentice with New York City Ballet. As an apprentice, she danced a featured role in Michel Fokine’s Chopiniana, performed by SAB as part of New York City Ballet’s winter 2004 season. In June of 2004, she joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet and was promoted to the rank of soloist in March of 2006. In June 2008, she was promoted to principal dancer.

Mearns has originated roles in pieces by world renown choreographers such as Alexei Ratmansky, Christopher Wheeldon, Peter Martins, Justin Peck, Karole Armitage, Benjamin Millepied, Liam Scarlett, Richard Tanner, Susan Stroman, and Emmy Award winning choreographer Joshua Bergasse. She has commissioned works for the Fall for Dance Festivals at New York City Center in 2013 and 2014. She also starred in a full night production, “A Dancers Dream”, at the New York Philharmonic conducted by Alan Gilbert. Mearns has guested around the world and will be performing in dance festivals state side such as the Vail International Dance Festival. Mearns has also recently guested with the Isadora Duncan Foundation in June at The Joyce Theater, The Ashley Bouder Project in March, and company Wang/Ramirez from Germany at the Jacobs Pillow Gala. She made her debut in Matthew Bourne’s production of The Red Shoes at New York City Center this October.

She was nominated for the “Benois de la dance” award for best female performance of the year in 2012 for her role in Paul McCartney’s “Ocean’s Kingdom”. Also, she was nominated for a Bessie award for outstanding performance in a large venue in 2014. She is featured on AOL’s series City.Ballet’s first and second season executive produced by Sarah Jessica Parker and recently joined Youtube’s DanceOn as a partner. She is an advisory board member of Dance NYC, artists committee of the Joyce theatre as well as an ambassador to the Dizzy Feet Foundation with Nigel Lythgoe. She is currently the face of K Deer Yoga and ambassador for the iconic fragrance beauty company, Guerlain. As a Guerlain ambassador, Sara tries new products, promotes the product launches, events and serves as an honest voice of the Guerlain brand. She is also currently featured in the dance wear companies, Bloch and Danskin, spring 2015 campaigns. She recently guest starred in the Tony nominated Broadway revival, On The Town and worked on a video project to promote a new laptop product for Hewlett Packard. In 2014, Sara Mearns was signed by Cole Haan to collaborate on a capsule collection of footwear inspired by the studio-to-street lifestyle of a City Ballet dancer. The inaugural collection launched in October 2014 in Cole Haan stores nationwide and on www.colehaan.com and has continued with “The Art of Elegant Innovation” which launched this spring. Sara worked closely with Cole Haan’s design and merchandising teams to develop each season’s capsule offerings. An all new SoDanca campaign will be coming up in January 2018, as well as an ambassadorship with HyperIce, and a collaboration with Tiger Balm later this year.

In addition to Mearns’ busy career, she is committed to educating young people – boys and girls – to the wonders of classical ballet, from fitness and health to developing discipline and a love for the arts. A frequent speaker at schools, Mearns is proud of her ability to touch young people with a positive message, with the hope that they, too, will pursue their dreams to the fullest. She has also become an advocate for injury prevention. After suffering a painful back injury during the summer of 2012 while on stage, Mearns was forced to take eight months off from dancing. This time allowed her to re-prioritize and re-evaluate her life and goals. She realized that talking about injury prevention when it comes to dance is just as important as spreading the message about the art form itself. She has participated on numerous panels and in conferences talking about this very issue, which has helped raise awareness about the need for better physical therapy options for professional ballet dancers. This summer, Sara was honored to perform at the Paris Opera House with NYCB.

Sara Mearns Videos

  • Ballet Dancer Sara Mearns | The Movement | ELLE
    Ballet dancer, Sara Mearns talks near career-ending injuries, and how she learned to put her body first.
  • Sara Mearns Dances Through One of New York’s Greatest Buildings | Cole Haan
    Watch Sara Mearns of New York City Ballet improvise a stunning collision of beauty and heart inspired by a New York City architectural masterpiece.
  • Sara Mearns' New Beginnings

FAQs on booking Sara Mearns

  • How to book Sara Mearns?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Sara Mearns for both live and virtual events for over 20 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Sara Mearns, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Sara Mearns or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Sara Mearns?

    Speaking fees for Sara Mearns, or any other keynote speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The amount that Sara Mearns charges to speak often varies according to the circumstances, including their schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Sara Mearns, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Sara Mearns?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Sara Mearns for clients worldwide for more than 20 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Sara Mearns for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Sara Mearns or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Sara Mearns or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Sara Mearns is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Sara Mearns for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. Sara Mearns generally travels from New York, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Webb Simpson, Doc Redman, Pat Perez, Matt Parziale and Trey Mullinax. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Sara Mearns for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Sara Mearns Speaker Videos

  • Ballet Dancer Sara Mearns | The Movement | ELLE
    Ballet dancer, Sara Mearns talks near career-ending injuries, and how she learned to put her body first.
    Sara Mearns Dances Through One of New York’s Greatest Buildings | Cole Haan
    Watch Sara Mearns of New York City Ballet improvise a stunning collision of beauty and heart inspired by a New York City architectural masterpiece.
  • Sara Mearns' New Beginnings
    In a Day's Work - with Ballerina Sara Mearns
    A Film by Ezra Hurwitz featuring New York City Ballet Principal Dancer Sara Mearns
  • Sara Mearns by Mariano Vivanco - VOGUE

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