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Sandra Brown

Sandra Brown

Sandra Brown joined the corps de ballet of American Ballet Theatre in 1987 under the directorship of Mikhail Baryshnikov. Brown was promoted to soloist in 1992 and she remained a soloist until 2003. Brown’s leading roles in ABT’s repertoire include Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Gamzatti in La Bayadere, Swanhilda in Coppélia, Mercedes in Don Quixote, Myrtha and the Peasant Pas de Deux in Giselle, Polyhymnia and Calliope in Apollo, the Accused in Fall River Legend, the first girl in Fancy Free, An Episode in His Past in Jardin aux Lilas, Valencienne in The Merry Widow, and the Cowgirl in Rodeo, as well as leading roles in numerous contemporary ballets. She also created and danced the world premiere role of Desdemona in Lar Lubovitch’s full-length Othello in 1997 and appears in ABT’s film productions of Romeo and Juliet and Le Corsaire as well as the ABT documentary, Ballet. In 2000, Brown was featured in the movie Center Stage and she also appears in The Company. Brown also holds the honor of appearing on Broadway as the original Louise Bigelow in the Tony Award-winning 1994 revival of Carousel, directed by Nicholas Hytner and choreographed by Sir Kenneth MacMillan at the Lincoln Center Theater. In 2003, Brown left ABT to pursue work as a freelance artist with Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Stiefel and Stars, Vladimir Malakhov, Peter Boal and Company, Chamber Dance Project, Dancers Patrelle, Ballet Hawaii and Madison Ballet.  During this time, she was asked to perform as a guest artist at the Vail International Festival. In 2005, Brown taught for the ABT Summer Intensive and choreographed the ballet, Synchronicity. In 2006, she joined her husband, Gil Boggs, to work with Colorado Ballet as Ballet Mistress. Since then, she has assisted staging the full-length productions of Giselle, Christopher Wheeldon’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Don Quixote. She has assisted with the choreographing and staging of The Nutcracker, Coppélia and Swan Lake. She also assisted Lar Lubovitch in the staging of Smile With my Heart and Twyla Tharp’s In The Upper Room.  Brown restaged her ballet, Synchronicity, for Colorado Ballet’s Studio Company.  In 2007, she was asked to stage Smile with my Heart for the Joffrey Ballet.  In 2013, she staged Lynne Taylor-Corbett’s Great Galloping Gottschalk at the University of South Carolina.  In 1989 and 1990, she was chosen by Mikhail Baryshnikov to choreograph for the American Ballet Theatre Choreographic Workshop.  Since 2007, she has choreographed for the Bal de Ballet, an event hosted by the Denver Ballet Guild. Brown’s ballets include From Within, Crimson Surges, Unforgettable, Grand Pas Fantastique, Heart Strings, One by One, Set Fire to the Rain and The Secret Garden.


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