Photo by: Jeff-Cravotta 

Sarah Hayes Watson

Hometown: Asheville, NC
Dancing Since: Age 7
Seasons with North Carolina Dance Theatre: 6
Never miss an episode of: The Office
If she weren’t dancing she would be: Wishing I was dancing
Favorite local hangout: Common Market
Favorite Charlotte restaurant: RuSans
Advice for aspiring dancers: “Dance for the audience, not for yourself.”

Sarah’s early training was in Asheville, NC, at the Asheville Center of Performing Arts, after which she attended University of North Carolina School of the Arts in the High School Program. She performed George Balanchine’s Serenade for the Tribute to Melissa Hayden, and at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. In 2005 she performed with Ballet Adriatico in Ascoli Piceno, Italy. Sarah attended summer intensives with Miami City Ballet and North Carolina Dance Theatre. Sarah has performed in four world premieres by choreographer Dwight Rhoden, and has also performed in works by Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, JirĂ­ BubenĂ­cek, Mark Diamond, David Ingram, Sasha Janes, Twyla Tharp and William Forsythe.