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. Ms. Ryan 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 to soloist in 2021.
Ms. Ryan has danced leading roles in George Balanchine’s Agon, George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® (Sugar Plum Fairy, Dewdrop, Columbine, Marzipan), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Butterfly), Rubies, and Tarantella; Alejandro Cerrudo’s One Thousand Pieces; Kyle Davis’ Sylvia Pas de Deux; David Dawson’s Empire Noir; 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); Miles Pertl’s Wash of Gray; Crystal Pite’s Emergence and Plot Point; Jerome Robbins’ West Side Story Suite (Maria); Eva Stone’s F O I L; and Kent Stowell’s Carmina Burana, Cinderella (Spring, Summer, Columbine), and Swan Lake (Neapolitan Dance). 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.
At Pennsylvania Ballet, Ms. Ryan danced in productions of works by Balanchine, Angel Corella, Matthew Neenan, Liam Scarlett, and Christopher Wheeldon, including leading roles in George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®, Marius Petipa’s Swan Lake, and Jerome Robbins’ In the Night. She also performed in the corps de ballet of Balanchine’s Diamonds for the PBS broadcast of Pennsylvania Ballet at 50 and toured with the company to the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.
Ms. Ryan 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. 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, Ms. Ryan choreographed Before You Know It for 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, Ms. Ryan 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.