Sara Titen-Dries began her ballet training at the age of 3 in Northern California at The Mary Knight Dance Studio. At age 11 she joined the studio’s pre-professional company, Mendocino Ballet, where she performed in many Regional Dance America (Pacific) festivals as well as local productions. Sara also trained one summer with Houston Ballet Academy and two summers with The Rock School of the Pennsylvania Ballet.
After high school Sara attended the University of Utah, initially as a ballet major. In her first year at the U of U Sara danced as an apprentice with the University’s ballet company, Utah Ballet, and in her second year she became a company member with Utah Ballet. Also, while attending the U of U, Sara performed with Mountain West Ballet, a pre-professional ballet company, and made guest appearances with Mendocino Ballet.
After graduating from the U of U with a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise and Sport Science, Sara moved to Southern California and joined the professional ballet company City Ballet of San Diego. There she had the pleasure of performing many classical and contemporary ballets, such as: soloist roles in George Balanchine’s Agon, Jewels (Rubies), Stars and Stripes, and Who Cares? as well as supporting roles in Balanchine’s Concerto Borocco and Donizetti Variations; supporting and soloist roles in Elizabeth Wistrich’s Nutcracker, Carmina Burana, Peter and the Wolf, Carnival of the Animals, Carmen, Giselle Pas de Deux, Enigma, Firebird, and many more.
Sara now lives in Huntingdon with her husband and son. She enjoys teaching ballet and assisting with setting ballets and running rehearsals.