Sara Yarborough Smith

Harkness Ballet (1967-1971)
Dance Theatre of Harlem
City Center Joffrey Ballet (1975–76)
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (1971–75, 1977)

Sara Yarborough Smith was born 1950 in New York, NY and was raised in Haiti. She was trained by her mother, dancer Lavinia Williams, and later studied at Harkness Ballet School and School of American Ballet.

From 1967 to 1971, Yarborough danced with Harkness Ballet, created by Rebekah Harkness. Yarborough was able to be apart of a company that was solidifying a repertoire of fresh American ballets created by notable choreographers Agnes DeMille, Brian McDonald, and many more. She also performed with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (1971–75, 1977), where she performed in almost all of Ailey’s repertory works, including Hidden Rites, The Lark Ascending, and Revelations, and created roles for his La Mooche (1974). Yarborough also danced with City Center Joffrey Ballet (1975–76).

See also:

Backstage: These ‘Drummer Boyz’ have a West African slant, Journal Star
Alvin Ailey’s The Mooche / Sarah Yarborough [choreography], The Library of Congress
Dancing Revelations: Alvin Ailey’s Embodiment of African American Culture, Google Books
Ballet rocks on through, Chicago Tribune
Sara Yarborough Dances Splendidly In ‘Billie’ Portrait, The New York Times

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