Sara Mearns

It’s no secret that as mainstream newspapers have folded or cut costs in recent years, dance criticism has taken a major hit. And while some dancers may have adverse feelings towards critics (especially if they’ve been on the receiving end of a bad review), criticism is nonetheless a vital facet of arts coverage, one that sparks debate and conversation about a performance and draws interest to the company in question.

Recently retired Miami City Ballet dancer Ezra Hurwitz has found a second calling as a filmmaker. His latest is a peek into the life, or maybe the mind, of New York City Ballet principal Sara Mearns.

International ballet competitions are designed to showcase a dancer’s talent and performance skill—which also happen to be the two aims of Victor Gsovsky’s Grand Pas Classique. The female variation consists of steps that align with the music, supporting dancers through difficult moves and reinforcing their musicality. In 2001, Sara Mearns competed in Youth America Grand Prix with this virtuosic variation. Now a principal with New York City Ballet, she had already begun to develop the fiery conviction that has become the trademark to her dancing. 

 

Published November 24, 2009
There are more demands than ever on NYCB principals. How do Ashley Bouder, Sterling Hyltin and Sara Mearns handle it? Peek inside their routines.more »
Published November 24, 2009
When George Balanchine began his U.S. career 76 years ago, he chose the most talented dancers he could find in a place where ballet was still a fledgling art. The Balanchine ballerinas had grace, style and glamour, as do today’s New York City Ballet principals. But the dancers who now leap across …more »