Principal Dancer Sarah Pautz was born in Blanco, TX and began her training in San Antonio at the age of 3. She continued at the Houston Ballet Academy on full scholarship and graduated with distinction in 2005 from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ballet Performance.
Ms. Pautz has danced with Houston Ballet II, Tulsa Ballet, Bejart Ballet Lausanne and the Ballet de l’Opera National de Bordeaux. She has performed soloist and principal roles in Giselle, Cinderella, Firebird, Don Quixote, Coppelia, Nutcracker, Le Corsaire, Swan Lake, Carnival of the Animals, Diana and Acteon, Dracula, Flower Festival in Genzano, Joffrey’s Pas des Déesses, and Balanchine’s’ Valse Fantasie, Serenade and Concerto Barocco. Ms. Pautz has appeared in two festivals in Paris, France, and has toured extensively throughout Spain, Italy, and France.
She debuted Thaïs Pas de Deux by Paris Opera Ballet choreographer Yann Saiz in 2010. Now in her seventh season with Ballet San Antonio, Ms. Pautz has performed several roles and received critical acclaim. The principal role of Mina was created for her in Artistic Director Gabriel Zertuche’s world premiere of Dracula in 2011. In October 2013, she danced the title role in Ben Stevenson’s Cinderella and received rave reviews. “Pautz is in top form throughout, looking delicate as always while dancing with flowing precision, with perfectly clean lines, wonderful pointe work and virtuosic sustained turns”- San Antonio Express-News. She danced the title role of Phillip Otto’s Firebird in 2014 and was praised for “dazzl(ing) the audience with her authority and sharp fouetté turns…her whole demeanor conveys the animation of a bird, her hands and fingers fluttering, her arms undulating, her legs and feet barely touching the ground as they carry her through the forest with avian grace”- San Antonio Express-News.