Sarah Hairston

Sarah Hairston
Charleston, SC
Joined 2001

After seeing a Broadway production of Cats as a child, watching the actors prowl around on stage, Hairston was hooked on the limelight. “Unfortunately I cannot sing, so classical ballet seemed to be a better route to take!” she says. Dancing since nearly three years old, Hairston trained at Calvert Brodie School of Dance under Ann Brodie, North Carolina School of the Arts and Boston Ballet, where she then danced professionally before joining Cincinnati Ballet. Hairston faced her share of adversity since joining Cincinnati Ballet in 2001, overcoming two grueling ACL injuries in three years. “It was a struggle to come back both times, and I felt at times that people would not trust my dancing and believe in me again,” she says. “However, then I realized that if I believed in myself, that was all that mattered.” Hairston also credits her students at Cincinnati Ballet’s Otto M. Budig Academy with immense emotional support and inspiration. “It makes this amazing career I have even more worth it. To be a role model for a child is the best feeling.”

Fun fact:
 Sarah didn’t have any hair until she was two and, as a result, her family used to call her E.T.! You can follow Sarah on Instagram @sarahanddakota.

Professional History:
-Calvert Brodie School of Dance
-North Carolina School of the Arts
-Boston Ballet
-Hungarian National Ballet
-Cincinnati Ballet: Corps de Ballet, Soloist, Senior Soloist, Principal Dancer

Favorite Roles: Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Marie in Val Caniparoli's Nutcracker, the principal role in Val Caniparoli's Lambarena, Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, Coquette in Balanchine's La Sonnambula, Giselle in Giselle, Emeralds in Balanchine's Jewels, Mina Murray in Dracula, Adam Hougland's Mozart's Requiem, the Principal couple from Theme and Variations, and the Princess in Adam Hougland's Firebird, and the principal couple from Jessica Lang's For Always, Forever.

Symphony in C Swan Lake | All Photography: Peter Mueller Boléro with Patric Palkens Caprice

Every summer, Hairston enjoys dancing for the Cincinnati Opera. During the summer of 2007, Ms. Hairston was invited to dance the Temple solo in Cincinnati Opera's production of Aida. Hairston was also invited by Victoria Morgan to dance Winter Fairy from Cinderella with Ballet Hawaii. Hairston is a teacher in the Otto M. Budig Academy and also a teacher at the Annaliese Von Oettingen School of Ballet.

Hairston credits her family and teacher Ann Brodie for being an inspiration in her life. When she is not dancing, she enjoys spending time with her dog, Dakota.

“Being a principal is not just about superior facility, technique, natural ability and determination. Sarah has all of that and more: a strong sense of confidence,” says Victoria Morgan, Cincinnati Ballet CEO and Artistic Director. “Watching her dance, you can see her thoughtfulness and consistency. She imbues every movement with value and importance, reaching deeper to perfect her technique.”

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Photo credit: Peter Mueller, The Sleeping Beauty

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