Magazine article Dance Magazine

Sarah Steele

Magazine article Dance Magazine

Sarah Steele

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With her fearless demeanor onstage, it's easy to see how Washington Ballet apprentice Sarah Steele attracted the keen eye of former American Ballet Theatre stars Julie Kent and Ethan Stiefel. Promoted mid-season from the studio company by artistic director Kent, Steele was cast by Stiefel as the lead in Frontier, his world premiere for The Washington Ballet, this past spring. For the space-themed piece, Steele donned a black-and-white "space suit" onstage, exhibiting dual qualities of strength and grace. Most evocative about Steele's dancing might be her innate intelligence--she was accepted to Harvard on early admission, and plans to resume her studies there in the future. But first, she'll dance.

Company: The Washington Ballet

Age: 23

Hometown: New York City

Training: Nunnbetter Dance Theatre (Bergenfield, New Jersey), Valentina Kozlova Dance Conservatory of New York

Accolades: gold at Tanzolymp International Dance Festival, silver at Boston International Ballet Competition

Early start: Steele asked for ballet lessons at 3 years old, but no one would take her that young. She started at 4, recalling, "As a little kid I was very focused and intense about ballet. There are a lot of pictures of me in a leotard and tights with a serious face."

Star student: Serious about her academics, too, Steele transferred to Professional Children's School in high school to keep up with her studies as she intensified her dance training with Kozlova. "I applied to Harvard my senior year. …

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