Apparently San Francisco Ballet artistic director Helgi Tomasson agreed with my assessment of Sarah Van Patten in “Carousel (A Dance)” and “The Fifth Season,” because she and Rachel Viselli have just been promoted to principal. Thanks to the sharp-eyed balletomanes at Ballet Alert for the tip-off.
Here’s Van Patten in “The Fifth Season,” opposite Pierre-Francois Vilanaoba:
And in “Carousel,” also with Vilanoba:
Of course neither image really gives you any idea of the originality of her dancing.
Both photos by Erik Tomasson, courtesy SF Ballet.