New York Times - In a Year’s Worth of Dancers, a Few Stood Out

IF you’re lucky, you may have witnessed a dancer who shocked the senses. This year the honor went to Sarah Van Patten, a principal with the San Francisco Ballet, who was enthralling in George Balanchine’s “Four Temperaments.” In her pas de deux with Tiit Helimets, performed in October as part of the company’s season at New York City Center, Ms. Van Patten, unguardedly beautiful, used her lean body and jewel-like eyes to elucidate the prickly allegro power in the Sanguinic variation. She stopped time.

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