Principal Dancer Sarah Pautz began her training under Mayra Worthen, and continued at the Houston Ballet Academy on full scholarship. She 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, Don Quixote, the Dying Swan, Flower Festival in Genzano, Joffrey’s Pas des Déesses, Balanchines’ Valse Fantasie, Serenade and Concerto Barocco, Black Swan Pas de Deux, Bluebird Pas de Deux, Diana and Acteon Pas de Deux, Le Corsaire Pas de Deux, Thaïs Pas de Deux, Dracula, Nutcracker and Coppelia, as well as numerous contemporary roles. 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. 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.
This is Ms. Pautz’s sixth season with Ballet San Antonio. She enjoys training the next generation of dancers and is currently on faculty at the Ballet Conservatory of South Texas.