Sara Yarborough Smith

Harkness Ballet

Dance Theatre of Harlem

Joffrey Ballet

Alvin Ailey Dance Theater


Born 1950 in New York, NY; raised in Haiti, Sara Yarborough is the daughter of ballet dancer  Lavinia Williams whom she was trained by in New York City and Haiti; studied at Harkness Ballet School and School of American Ballet; danced with danced with the short livedHarkness Ballet (1967–71) Harkness Ballet Company(1964-1975) 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 later joined 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); also danced with City Center Joffrey Ballet (1975–76).




Links to articles and Reviews:

Backstage: These ‘Drummer Boyz’ have a West African slant

Ballet rocks on through


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