Sara Mearns, a principal with New York City Ballet, began her training in Columbia, South Carolina. Mearns entered the School of American Ballet full time in 2001 and became an apprentice with New York City Ballet in 2003. The following year, she joined the company as a corps de ballet member, becoming soloist in 2006, then reaching principal in 2008. Mearns is known for her roles in Swan Lake; Balanchine’s Symphony in C, Diamonds, Serenade, Walpurgisnacht, Mozartiana, Chaconne, Concerto Barroco; Robbins’ Dances at a Gathering, The Four Seasons, and In G Major.
She has worked with and originated roles in pieces by world renown choreographers such as Alexei Ratmansky, Christopher Wheeldon, Peter Martins, Justin Peck, Karole Armitage, Benjamin Millipied, 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.
She is a board member of the Dizzy Feet Foundation founded by Nigel Lythgoe and Adam Shankman and on the advisory board of Dance NYC.
Mearns was featured in the AOL Series, City. Ballet, produced by Sarah Jessica Parker, and is also in partnership with Cole Haan designing a new line of ballet flats as well as being an brand ambassador for the world beauty/fragrance brand, Guerlain. She recently guest starred in the Tony nominated Broadway revival, On The Town. Sara also just worked on a video project to promote a new laptop product for Hewlett Packard.