The Dancers

Sara Garbowski

RNZB-3575 Sara Garbowski for the Royal New Zealand Ballet. Photo credit: Stephen A'Court. COPYRIGHT ©Stephen A'Court

Sara Garbowski joined the Royal New Zealand Ballet in 2017. She was promoted to Soloist in 2019 and in 2021 became a Principal.

In 2018 she danced the lead role of as Ada in The Piano: the ballet, performed in three out of four works in Dancing with Mozart and also in Strength & Grace and performed the iconic roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy and Dewdrop in Val Caniparoli’s The Nutcracker.

2019 saw Sara take on leading roles including White Swan in Mário Radačovský’s Black Swan, White Swan, Serenade by George Balanchine, Stand to Reason by Andrea Schermoly, William Forsythe’s Artifact II, and the Mother in Hansel & Gretel by Loughlan Prior. In 2020 she performed as Aurora and the Lilac Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty, as well as the pas de deux in Alice Topp’s Aurum and a solo role in Andrea Schermoly’s Within Without.

Originally from Canada, Sara is a graduate of Canada’s National Ballet School in Toronto where she won the Peter Dwyer Award before joining the National Ballet of Canada.

In 2010 Sara joined the Royal Ballet of Flanders and was promoted to Demi Soloist in 2013. Her repertoire includes My One and Only in Balanchine’s Who Cares?, Solo Shade in Cynthia Harvey’s La Bayadère, The Kingdom of the Shades; Red Fairy and Lead Jewel in Marcia Haydée’s The Sleeping Beauty; White Couple in Jiří Kylián’s Forgotten Land; and First Pas de Deux in Wayne McGregor’s Infra, as well as notable roles in Forsythe’s In the Middle Somewhat Elevated and Approximate Sonata. In December 2016, Sara performed the pas de deux I Fall for You by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui at the Harvard Club of Belgium’s award ceremony.

Sara is supported by an anonymous donor.

Dancer Credits

The Piano: the ballet

Ada McGrath

The Nutcracker

Sugar Plum Fairy

The Nutcracker


The Nutcracker

Arabian Coffee

Black Swan, White Swan

White Swan

Hansel & Gretel


The Sleeping Beauty

Princess Aurora

The Sleeping Beauty

Lilac Fairy

The Sleeping Beauty






The Firebird



Pas de trois


Grand pas de deux

A Midsummer Night's Dream