Sarah Ricard Orza is from Amherst, Massachusetts. She trained at Amherst Ballet School and on full scholarship at the School of American Ballet. In 1999, she joined New York City Ballet as an apprentice. She became a member of the corps de ballet in 2000 and danced with the company until 2006. In 2007, she joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as a corps de ballet dancer and was promoted to soloist in 2010.
George Balanchine’s Agon, Apollo, Coppélia (Dawn, Prayer), Emeralds, The Four Temperaments, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hermia, Divertissement pas de deux); Peter Boal’s Giselle (Giselle, Bathilde, Zulme); Val Caniparoli’s The Seasons; David Dawson’s A Million Kisses to My Skin; Ulysses Dove’s Serious Pleasures and Vespers; Kiyon Gaines’ Sum Stravinsky; Paul Gibson’s The Piano Dance; Ronald Hynd’s The Sleeping Beauty (Lilac Fairy, Aurora in “Aurora’s Wedding”, White Cat); Jiri Kylian’s Petite Mort and Sechs Tänze (Six Dances); Mark Morris’ Pacific; Alexei Ratmansky’s Don Quixote (Piccilia, Queen of the Dryads); Jerome Robbins’ Dances at a Gathering, In the Night, and West Side Story Suite (Maria); Kent Stowell’s Cinderella (Godmother, Columbine) and Nutcracker (Clara, Flora, Peacock); Susan Stroman’s TAKE FIVE…More or Less; Twyla Tharp’s Nine Sinatra Songs and Opus 111; and Christopher Wheeldon’s Carousel (A Dance), Polyphonia, and Variations Sérieuses (Young Girl).
At New York City Ballet, Ms. Orza danced leading roles in Balanchine's Coppélia (Dawn), Peter Martins' The Sleeping Beauty (Emerald), and Jerome Robbins' Fanfare and Interplay.
Originated Leading Roles: Benjamin Millepied's 3 Movements.
George Balanchine’s Diamonds, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Symphony in C; and Kent Stowell’s Carmina Burana, Cinderella and Swan Lake.
At New York City Ballet, Ms. Orza was featured in George Balanchine's The Nutcracker, Theme and Variations, and Symphony in Three Movements; Peter Martins' Ash, Fearful Symmetries, Hallelujah Junction, and Swan Lake; Jerome Robbins' NY Export: Opus Jazz and West Side Story Suite; and Richard Tanner's Ancient Airs and Dances. She originated roles in Eliot Feld's Organon, Miriam Mahdaviani's In the Mi(d)st, Peter Martins' Bach Concerto V, Richard Tanner's Soirée, Helgi Tomasson's Prism, and Christopher Wheeldon's Shambards.
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