Sara Havener – Elite Ballet Program Teacher

Sara Havener is originally from North Carolina where she began dancing at the age of 5 and went on graduate from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in 2010 with a focus in ballet. Sara began her professional career at the age of 18 with the Royal New Zealand Ballet, performing soloist roles in productions such as Giselle and The Sleeping Beauty.  Sara also spent three years as a company dancer with the Atlanta Ballet, where she performed roles such as the Snow Queen and Dew Drop in The Nutcracker, the lead Pas de Deux in Amy Seiwart’s Home in 7, and performed Ohad Naharin’s Minus 16 in the Fall for Dance North festival in Canada. Sara has extensive teaching experience with ballet schools in the Southeast and in New Zealand and is currently the ballet director for Variations Dance Studio in Auburn, AL. At Variations Sara has had several choreographic opportunities including creating a brand new snow scene for their annual production of The Nutcracker, in addition to creating several other contemporary and ballet pieces. One of her pieces, Paper Swans, recently won the “Best of Radix Award” and was selected to perform in their closing show in Atlanta, GA. Sara has also judged for Rising Star Talent Productions and is currently a judge for On Point National Dance Competition. Sara feels very fortunate to be able to do what she loves every day and to be able to share this beautiful art form with others!