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An American principal ballet dancer with The Royal Ballet, London, England.
Sarah Lamb was born in Boston and trained with Madame Tatiana Nicolaevna Legat at the Boston Ballet School. She was awarded a Gold Medal by President Bill Clinton and performed Sleeping Beauty Act III solo at the Kennedy Center in 1998. Coached by Tatiana Nicolaevna, she went on to win three silver medals at the International Ballet Competition in Nagoya, Japan 1999, the NYC IBC in 2000, (where no gold was awarded) and the USA IBC in 2002. She joined Boston Ballet in 1998, promoted to soloist in 2001 and Principal in 2003. She performed Gamzatti and Myrtha, coached by Tatiana Gennadievna Terekhova, and was chosen by Rudi Van Dantzig to perform Juliet in his Romeo and Juliet. She danced the part originated by Sylvie Guillem in Forsythe's In the Middle...Somewhat Elevated, as well as the first and third pas de deux in David Dawson's The Grey Area, several roles were created on her by Jorma Elo.
She performed four consecutive performances with guest artist Carlos Acosta in La Fille Mal Gardee in 2003. She also danced with Ethan Steifel in Stars and Stripes. Her final performances in Boston before joining the Royal Ballet in 2004 were as Odette/Odile in Swan Lake.
After joining the Royal Ballet she performed Swan Lake with Viacheslav Samadurov. She has gone on to do all the major roles, Aurora, Giselle, Nikiya, Kitri, Sugarplum Fairy, Juliet, Manon, Olga and Tatiana in Cranko's Eugene Onegin, Lise in Ashton's La Fille Mal Gardee, as well as Sylvia, Thaïs pas de deux, the lead in Symphonic Variations, Scenes de Ballets and Les Patineurs. In Sir Kenneth McMillan's oeuvre she has danced the pas de deux in Concerto, Elite Syncopations, Larische in Mayerling, Masha in Winter Dreams and many others. Recently the role of Perdita was created on her in Christopher Wheeldon's newest full-length, The Winter's Tale.
She has been sought out by many choreographers, and has worked with both Christopher Wheeldon and Wayne McGregor extensively. McGregor created his first full-length ballet, Raven Girl on Sarah. She also created roles in his ballets Chroma, Limen, Live Fire Exercise, Carbon Life, Tetractyts, as well as Woolf Works where she portrayed Virginia Woolf's sister Vanessa opposite Alessandra Ferri. She created a role in David Dawson's premiere at the ROH the Human Seasons. Alastair Marriott created several roles and pas de deux on her including Trespass, In the Hothouse, performed for Queen Elizabeth, and Connectome.
She has danced many Balanchine Ballets, Terpsichore in Apollo, waltz in Serenade, Theme and Variations, Rubies in Jewels, the pas de trios in Ballet Imperial, Ballo della Regina, Tchiakovsky Pas de Deux, Stars and Stripes, Tarantella and many others. She has guested all over the world and was invited to perform The pas de deux of La Fille Mal Gardee at Boris Akimov's birthday gala at the Bolshoi Theatre. She recently performed Manon at La Scala, one of the few American ballerinas to ever perform in Milan. She has appeared in The Gala des Etoiles, Stars of 21st Century, International Gala Taipei, Stuggart Ballet's anniversary gala, A Night of Royal Elegance, Tokyo, and Vail International Festival amongst many others.
She performed Swan Lake with Carlos Acosta and Steven McRae on consecutive nights for the Royal Ballet's tour to Tokyo in 2013.
Her performance with Steven McRae of Sleeping Beauty was live broadcast to cinemas worldwide in March of 2014. In April 2014 their performance in A Winter's Tale was also live broadcast worldwide.
In December 2014 her performance of Alice in Alice in Wonderland was broadcast worldwide.
She performed at the World Ballet Festival in Tokyo in August of 2015 with Vadim Muntagirov.
In September of 2015 she opened the Royal Ballet season as Juliet, the 50th anniversary of Sir Kenneth MacMillan's ballet, with Steven McRae which was live-broadcast to cinemas around the world.
The art and culture website Nowness recently created a film starring Sarah in collaboration with Wayne McGregor and film director Malcolm Venville.
In January 2016 she was invited to teach at YoungArts, the programme that provided her the opportunity to become a Presidential Scholar. She gave a masterclass along with other accomplished artists in their fields including Sarah Brightman and Anne Reinking.
In July 2016 she performed the principal role of Etudes with Tokyo ballet alongside Leonid Sarafanov and Vladimir Shylarkov. In October 2016 she was invited by Carlos Acosta to perform with him in his five farewell performances at Royal Albert Hall to 5,000 people a night.