Sarah-Gabrielle Ryan is from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She studied on scholarship at the Rock School for Dance Education, Metropolitan Ballet Academy, and the School of Pennsylvania Ballet; she attended summer courses at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, Ellison Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, the School of American Ballet, the School of Pennsylvania Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet School. Sarah-Gabrielle joined Pennsylvania Ballet II in 2014 and joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as an apprentice in 2016 and was promoted to corps de ballet in 2017 and soloist in 2021.
Sarah-Gabrielle has danced leading roles in George Balanchine’s Agon, Allegro Brillante, George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® (Sugar Plum Fairy, Dewdrop, Coffee, Columbine, Marzipan, Hot Chocolate), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Butterfly), Rubies, and Tarantella; Alejandro Cerrudo’s Little Mortal Jump, One Thousand Pieces, and Silent Ghost; Peter Boal’s Giselle (Giselle, Peasant Pas); Kyle Davis’ Sylvia Pas de Deux; David Dawson’s Empire Noir; Ulysses Dove’s Dancing on the Front Porch of Heaven; Alexander Ekman’s Cacti; William Forsythe’s New Suite and One Flat Thing, reproduced; Ronald Hynd’s The Sleeping Beauty (Fairy of Temperament, Blue Bird pas de deux); Jessica Lang’s Ghost Variations; Justin Peck’s The Times Are Racing; Miles Pertl’s Wash of Gray; Crystal Pite’s Emergence, Plot Point and The Seasons’ Canon; Alexei Ratmansky’s Wartime Elegy; Jerome Robbins’ West Side Story Suite (Maria); Eva Stone’s F O I L; Kent Stowell’s Carmina Burana, Cinderella (Spring, Summer, Columbine), and Swan Lake (Czardas, Pas de Trois, Neapolitan Dance); and Twyla Tharp’s Brief Fling and Waiting at the Station. She originated leading roles in Donald Byrd’s Love and Loss, Kyle Davis’ A Dark and Lonely Space, Amanda Morgan’s This Space Left Intentionally Blank, Matthew Neenan’s Bacchus, Noelani Pantastico’s Picnic, and Ezra Thomson’s The Perpetual State.
Sarah-Gabrielle has performed as a guest artist at Shut Up & Dance in collaboration with MANNA, Chop Shop Contemporary Dance Festival, and the Seattle International Dance Festival. In 2021, she performed for Matthew Neenan’s residency at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, South Dakota Ballet, and Ballet Sun Valley. She was named as one of Dance Magazine’s On the Rise in 2018 and was on the March 2021 cover of Pointe Magazine.
In 2020, Sarah-Gabrielle choreographed Before You Know It for PNB’S NEXT STEP to music by PNB’s violist Alex Grimes and Solo commissioned by Gonzaga University Dance Program and Department of Theatre and Dance.
In addition to her dance work, Sarah-Gabrielle earned a certificate for Management of Successful Arts and Cultural Organizations from the DeVos Institute of Arts Management and is the Vice-Chair of Community Engagement for the Moulin Belle Arts Residency in Périgord, France.