Cupcakes & Conversation with Sarah Van Patten, Principal, San Francisco Ballet

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When I was younger I started doing jazz, tap and ballet as after school activities. Slowly, I left jazz and tap and started focusing on ballet. By the time I was eight I was dancing five days a week, and by the time I was eleven I knew that I wanted to pursue a dance career. For some dancers they see a performance as a kid and decide that they want to dance, but for me it was a gradual realization.

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Dance Magazine - Why I Dance: Sarah Van Patten

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I dance today because it is so deeply a part of me that I have little choice. But it wasn’t always that way. When I began dancing at age 6, it was one of my many after-school activities. I savored the physical challenge and the grace, and eventually chose to spend more time on dance and less on my other activities.

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San Francisco Classical Voice - The San Francisco Ballet’s Radiant Juliet

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For general ballet-goers, the run of Romeo and Juliet that opened Saturday and continues through this week is the crowning jewel of San Francisco Ballet’s 2010 season, which takes over the War Memorial Opera House every January through May. For close followers of this internationally ascendant company, though, this R&J also serves to crown Sarah Van Patten as one of the troupe’s — indeed, one of the country’s —most powerful ballerina-artists.

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November, 2009 Ballet.com Magazine

Sarah Van Patten in Helgi Tomasson's Swan Lake© Erik Tomasson, San Francisco Ballet

Sarah Van Patten in Helgi Tomasson's Swan Lake© Erik Tomasson, San Francisco Ballet

Sarah is interviewed in a feature article for the online magazine Ballet.com.  Carla DeFord interviewed Sarah and her mom for this article, that all started with the San Francisco Ballet's CD of their new Nutcracker.

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