Sara Havener is originally from North Carolina and graduated 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 like The Sleeping Beauty and Giselle, in addition to several other works by choreographers such as George Balanchine and Christopher Hampson. Sara then spent three years as a company dancer with the Atlanta Ballet and a few of her favorite performances were as the Snow Queen and Dew Drop in John McFall’s The Nutcracker, as Rosaline in Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Romeo et Juliet, and as the lead Pas de Deux in Amy Seiwart’s Home in 7. While with the Atlanta Ballet she also performed in Ohad Naharin’s Minus 16 in the Fall for Dance North festival in Canada. Sara has taught for several ballet schools including the Atlanta Ballet’s Centre for Dance Education, the Orlando Ballet School, and previously was the Ballet Director for Variations Dance Studio in Auburn, AL. As Ballet Director Sara created a brand new snow scene for their annual production of The Nutcracker in addition to creating several other contemporary-ballet pieces. Sara has judged for several dance competitions including Rising Star Talent Productions, On Point National Dance Competition, and Inferno Dance Competition. Most recently Sara has had opportunities to perform with United Ballet Theatre and Dance Theatre of Orlando and is currently the Dance Captain/Wellness Coach and Outreach Coordinator for Marshall Ellis Dance School.