Sarah Metzler

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Sarah Metzler, born in Valparaiso, Indiana, began dancing at the age of six with Tracy Petruska Brumley at a local studio. In 2002, she and her family relocated to Florida, and she continued her training with Dan Deal of the Florida Ballet School, under the direction of Roni Wright and Mary Devine. During this time she attended numerous summer intensives such as Ruth Page Dance Center (Chicago, IL), The Joffrey Ballet School (New York, NY), Orlando Ballet School (Orlando, FL), Sarasota Ballet (Sarasota, FL), BalletMet (Columbus, OH), and Ballet Theatre of Maryland (Annapolis, MD). In 2006 Sarah trained at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City as a trainee for one year, with teachers such as Francesca Corkle and John Magnus. The following year she was invited to be a trainee with the Sarasota Ballet on scholarship. She then attended the University of South Florida in 2008 and trained with Gretchen Ward Warren, Sandra Robinson, Julio Montana, John Parks, Lynne Wimmer, and Sasha Yapporov. Sarah was selected to dance the soloist role in Yapporov’s  Tarantella, and a soloist role in a contemporary work choreographed by guest choreographer Rick McCollough. During this time she also trained at Tampa Bay Ballet with Lindsay Clark and Richard Geiger during TBB’s first year of operation. Sarah then danced professionally with the Ballet Theatre of Maryland under the direction of Dianna Cuatto for two seasons. Some of her favorite roles danced there include Ghost Waltz couples in Beauty and the Beast, Arabian demi-soloist in The Nutcracker, and Peacock demi-soloist inAlice in Wonderland.

Sarah returned to dance for Tampa Ballet Theatre (TBT) in 2011 as a soloist. With TBT she has performed as the character role of the Queen in Sleeping Beauty, a soloist in Paquita, the Snow Queen in the Nutcracker, and a demi-soloist in Les Sylphides. She has also collaborated with TBB and TBT’s Artistic Director Lindsay Clark on choreographing two contemporary works to music by Pink Floyd. In addition to performing, Sarah also assisted in setting choreography, running rehearsals, teaching technique classes, working in the office, and advertising. In October of 2011 Sarah named as a Ballet Mistress for Tampa Bay Ballet (TBB), and in December 2011 she received the title of Company Administrator for TBT. She was also the mentor and coach to TBT II Trainees, the top students in the school who are preparing for a professional career in dance. She recently coached the trainees in specific variations and took them to compete in the Youth America Grand Prix in January of 2013.

In February 2013, Sarah was invited by the Artistic Director of Brandon Ballet, Octavio Martin, to join his company. Her first performance with the company was in Spanish Divertissements, and she performed as a soloist in both Paquita and Don Quixote. Also Sarah is being performing soloist roles in Martin’s Requiem, The Nutcracker, Cinderella, Coppelia and many others.

Sarah has an immense passion for performing, loves to educate students of all ages to embrace the art of dance, and wants to help fulfill the Tampa Bay area’s vital need for arts in the community

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