Sarah Lane

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For those of a similar name, see Sarah Laine and Sara Lane (disambiguation).
Sarah Lane
Born 1983/1984 (age 32–33)[1]
San Francisco, California, United States
Residence Jersey City, New Jersey
Nationality American
Education Draper Center for Dance
Boston Ballet
Occupation Ballet dancer
Years active 2003–present
Spouse(s) Luis Ribagorda (2007– present)
Current group American Ballet Theatre

Sarah Lane (born 1983/1984) is an American ballet dancer and a soloist with the American Ballet Theatre (ABT).[2]

Early life[edit]

Lane was born in San Francisco, California. She started training for dance at Ballet Memphis in Memphis, Tennessee. Her family later moved to Rochester, New York where she continued her training at the Draper Center for Dance Education. At the age of 16 she attended the Boston Ballet's Summer Program on a full scholarship. At the North American Ballet Festival in 2000 and 2001, she won first place and received the Capezio Class Excellence Award.

Seventeen-year-old Sarah Lane receiving prize money at USA IBC in 2002

In 2002 she received the highest medal in the Junior Division of the Jackson International Ballet Competition. During that time she also performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., as a presidential scholar in the arts. Also in 2002, she won the bronze medal at the Youth America Grand Prix Competition.


Lane joined the American Ballet Theatre in August 2003 as an apprentice, moved up to the corps de ballet in April 2004, and was promoted to soloist in August 2007. She won a Princess Grace Award in 2007.

Her repertoire with the ABT includes: A Shade in La Bayadère, Galya in The Bright Stream, Blossom in Cinderella, Gulnare in Le Corsaire, Amour and a flower girl in Don Quixote, Anne in Christopher Wheeldon's VIII, the Flames of Paris pas de deux, the peasant pas de deux in Giselle, the Two of Diamonds in Jeu de cartes, Clara in Alexei Ratmansky's The Nutcracker, the youngest sister in Pillar of Fire by Antony Tudor, one of Juliet's friends in Romeo and Juliet, Celestial in Shadowplay, Princess Aurora, Princess Florine and the Fairies of Charity and Joy in The Sleeping Beauty, the pas de trois, Polish Princess and a little swan in Swan Lake, a Goat in Sylvia, Swanilda in Coppelia (ballet) and a leading role in Theme and Variations.[2]

She was on the June 2007 cover of Dance Magazine.[3]

Black Swan[edit]

Lane served as a "dance double" for Natalie Portman in the 2010 film Black Swan, a psychological thriller about ballet dancers in New York City.[4] In a March 3 blog entry for Dance Magazine, editor-in-chief Wendy Perron asked: "Do people really believe that it takes only one year to make a ballerina? We know that Natalie Portman studied ballet as a kid and had a year of intensive training for the film, but that doesn’t add up to being a ballerina. However, it seems that many people believe that Portman did her own dancing in Black Swan."[5][6] This led to responses from Benjamin Millepied and Aronofsky, who both defended Portman, as well as a response from Lane on the subject.[7][8][9]

Personal life[edit]

In December 2007, Lane married Luis Ribagorda, a member of the ABT's corps de ballet.[10] They reside in Jersey City, New Jersey.[10][11]



  1. ^ Lee, Joyce (March 28, 2011). "Sarah Lane on being Natalie Portman's ballet double". CBS News. 
  2. ^ a b "ABT biography for Sarah Lane". American Ballet Theatre. Retrieved April 27, 2010. 
  3. ^ "June 2007 - Dance Magazine". Retrieved 2015-09-30. 
  4. ^ Fuhrer, Margaret (April–May 2010). "Ballet All Over: Big Names in Black Swan". Pointe Magazine. Macfadden Performing Arts Media. 
  5. ^ Farley, Christopher (March 26, 2011). "Natalie Portman's 'Black Swan' Dance Double Says She Deserves More Credit". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved March 30, 2011. 
  6. ^ Perron, Wendy (March 3, 2011). "Is There a Blackout on Black Swan's Dancing?". Dance Magazine. Retrieved March 30, 2011. 
  7. ^ Lenihan, Jean. "Choreographer Benjamin Millepied on life after 'Black Swan'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 23, 2011. 
  8. ^ Perron, Wendy (March 11, 2011). "Putting the Black Swan Blackout in Context". Dance Magazine. Retrieved March 26, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Darren Aronofsky Defends Natalie Portman's "Black Swan" Dancing". Retrieved March 29, 2011. 
  10. ^ a b Speyer, Ariana. "Dance Off". Interview Magazine. Retrieved February 14, 2012. 
  11. ^ Martin, Antoinette (December 30, 2010). "Deciding Whether to Buy or Rent". The New York Times. 

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