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Meet new 16/17 company dancer: Sarah Wolff

BalletMet’s professional company recently welcomed four new dancers from around the world to its 16/17 ranks. Among them, Sarah Wolff, originally from Traverse City, Mich.

Sarah Wolff began her training at Dance Arts Academy. At the age of 13 she left home for Toronto to continue her studies at Canada’s National Ballet School through 2007, when she was hired as a company member by the National Ballet of Canada. She also performed as a guest artist with the Dutch National Ballet upon graduating. Her favorite roles include Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty and the Lead Woman in Jorma Elo’s Pur Ti Miro.

Meet her below.

If you weren’t a dancer, what would you be doing?

If in some parallel universe I wasn’t a dancer, I would pursue other avenues of artistic expression, such as my passion for classical piano. I also love teaching and have an interest in psychology and foreign language.

Favorite book?

Another Roadside Attraction by Tom Robbins is a recent favorite. I relish his comic and poetic story telling. I also love the work of Jerry Dennis of Northern Michigan.

Favorite meal?

My boyfriend cooks up a mean Moroccan Tagine with chicken and olives. It’s like butter. If I have anything to do with it, there will be a cheese plate, a vintage Rioja and a homemade dessert that isn’t too sweet.

Favorite quote?

“Dance, dance, otherwise we are lost.” –Pina Bausch

One thing people might be surprised to learn about you:

I grew up fly-fishing on the Boardman River, which runs through Michigan. My dad and I wood paddle downstream in a wooden canoe then wade into the river to catch and release.

Photo by Aleksandar Antonijevic