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Sarah Lamb

Principal of The Royal Ballet

Biography

Sarah Lamb in action.
Sarah Lamb in Tetractys – The Art of Fugue, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Johan Persson, 2014

American dancer Sarah Lamb is a Principal of The Royal Ballet. She joined the Company as a First Soloist in 2004 and was promoted to Principal in May 2006. She created the title role in Wayne McGregor’s Raven Girl and principal roles in his ballets Carbon Life, Live Fire Exercise, Limen, Chroma and Tetractys – The Art of Fugue. Other role creations include Perdita (Christopher Wheeldon's The Winter's Tale).

Lamb was born in Boston and trained at the Boston Ballet School with Tatiana Nicolaevna Legat. In 1998 she was named a Presidential Scholar in the Arts and awarded a gold medal by President Bill Clinton at the White House. She joined Boston Ballet that year and was promoted to soloist in 2001 and principal in 2003. Her many awards include silver medals at the Third Japan International Ballet Competition in Nagoya (1999), the New York IBC (2000) and the USA IBC (2002).

Lamb's repertory with the Company includes leading roles in all the classical, dramatic and contemporary repertories, including ballets by Frederick Ashton, George Balanchine, August Bournonville, Kenneth MacMillan, Alastair Marriott, Jerome Robbins and Liam Scarlett. In addition to her role creations for McGregor and Wheeldon, she created a role in David Dawson's The Human Seasons.

Videos

News and features

Life Reimagined Gala: Kevin O'Hare and Kasper Holten preview their highlights

Life Reimagined Gala: Kevin O'Hare and Kasper Holten preview their highlights

18 February 2015

The Director of The Royal Ballet and Director of The Royal Opera on what they're most excited for at the upcoming gala.

Cast Changes: Swan Lake on 19 and 21 February 2015

Cast Changes: Swan Lake on 19 and 21 February 2015

17 February 2015

Cast changes in effect for roles of Odette/Odile and Prince Siegfried.

International ballet stars to perform at Ann Maguire Gala on 22 March 2015

International ballet stars to perform at Ann Maguire Gala on 22 March 2015

26 January 2015

Evening of world class dance to honour the life of Ann Maguire and celebrate her legacy.

Watch: Members of the cast and creative team on Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Watch: Members of the cast and creative team on Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

16 December 2014

Backstage films from the live relay of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, including a closer look at the character of the Queen of Hearts

The Winter’s Tale available on DVD

The Winter’s Tale available on DVD

3 December 2014

Christopher Wheeldon’s Shakespeare-inspired Royal Ballet production features no less than six principal roles.

Your reaction: Ashton Mixed Programme 2014

Your reaction: Ashton Mixed Programme 2014

22 October 2014

Audience comments from the first night of works by Frederick Ashton, including Scènes de ballet and Symphonic Variations.

Photos

Sarah Lamb as Kitri, Federico Bonelli as Basilio in Don Quixote

Sarah Lamb in Electric Counterpoint, The Royal Ballet

Alexander Campbell and Sarah Lamb in rehearsal for The Age of Anxiety

Sarah Lamb and Wayne McGregor in rehearsals for Raven Girl

Sarah Lamb as Manon and Rupert Pennefather as Des Grieux in Manon, The Royal Ballet

Sarah Lamb as Perdita in The Winter's Tale, The Royal Ballet,

Thomas Whitehead as Robert Wood and Sarah Lamb as Marie in Sweet Violets, The Royal Ballet

Sarah Lamb and Steven McRae

Sarah Lamb in Tetractys – The Art of Fugue, The Royal Ballet

Sarah Lamb, Lauren Cuthbertson and Edward Watson in rehearsal for The Winter's Tale

Sarah Lamb in rehearsal for Raven Girl

Sarah Lamb in rehearsals for Don Quixote

Sarah Lamb in rehearsals for Don Quixote

Sarah Lamb and Federico Bonelli in DGV

Sarah Lamb and Thiago Soares in Gloria

Sarah Lamb in Chroma

Sarah Lamb as Raven Girl in Raven Girl

Sarah Lamb as Raven Girl and Eric Underwood as the Prince in Raven Girl

Sarah Lamb and Federico Bonelli in Fool's Paradise.

Sarah Lamb and Steven McRae in rehearsals for Metamorphosis: Titian 2012.

Sarah Lamb and Steven McRae in rehearsals for Metamorphosis: Titian 2012.

Sarah Lamb and Johannes Stepanek in Polyphonia

Sarah Lamb in Symphony in C

Ricardo Cervera and Sarah Lamb in Infra

Federico Bonelli as Prince Siegfried and Sarah Lamb as Odette in Swan Lake, The Royal Ballet

Valeri Hristov as Onegin and Sarah Lamb as Tatiana in Onegin, The Royal Ballet

Sarah Lamb in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Sarah Lamb and Federico Bonelli with artists of The Royal Ballet in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, The Royal Ballet

Sarah Lamb and Federico Bonelli in Don Quixote, The Royal Ballet

Wayne McGregor, Sarah Lamb and Thiago Soares in rehearsals for Raven Girl

Sarah Lamb in Scènes de ballet, The Royal Ballet

Sarah Lamb as Manon and Rupert Pennefather as Des Grieux in Manon, The Royal Ballet

Sarah Lamb as Manon and Rupert Pennefather as Des Grieux in Manon, The Royal Ballet

Sarah Lamb and Artists of the Royal Ballet in Connectome, The Royal Ballet

Sarah Lamb in rehearsals for Connectome

Johannes Stepanek and Sarah Lamb in Polyphonia, The Royal Ballet