Sarah KanadyOriginally from Chicago, Sarah started her training at a local dance studio at the age of four. She continued her training at several studios in the area including Von Heidecke Dance Center, Plainfield Dance Academy, and School of Dance West Ballet before joining Texas Ballet Theater’s Professional Division from 2016 to 2018. While there, she was given the opportunities to perform in works such as Ben Stevenson’s The Nutcracker, Beauty and the Beast, and Swan Lake. In addition, she took on soloist roles in Peter and the Wolf and works choreographed by Jinyan Dai, Caleb Mitchell and Ben Stevenson O.B.E. This is Sarah’s first season with San Diego Ballet.

Who influenced you most to become the dancer you are today?

So many people helped contribute to the dancer I am today, but my mom is the one who encouraged me the most to go for it and follow my dreams. Without her and my family, I wouldn’t be here today.

What was the funniest episode(s) you’ve experienced in your career?

They never seem as funny when you have to type them out!

Who would you most like to share the stage with (living or dead)?

When I was little we would watch a video of Mikhail Baryshnikov performing in the Nutcracker. I think I have seen it a hundred times and to share the stage with him would be a dream!

What goes through your mind just before you perform?

I usually get the most nervous right before I step on stage but the excitement of getting to perform and do what I love makes me forget all about nerves.

What do you like/admire most about San Diego Ballet?

I really admire the people here at San Diego Ballet. They have a wonderful rep and direction but getting to see smiles every day and have an amazing time is something you can’t beat!