Meet Sara Esty of 'An American in Paris'

Sara Esty. Photo by Matthew Murphy.


Lise Dassin in An American in Paris

Broadway: An American in Paris (OBC ensemble, Lise alternate). Théâtre du Châtelet: An American in Paris (Lise standby). Former soloist with the Miami City Ballet. Training: Maine State Ballet, School of American Ballet, and Miami City Ballet School. Sara received a Princess Grace Fellowship Award for excellence in dance, and has performed various works by Balanchine, Robbins, Tharp, Taylor, Scarlett, Ratmansky, Wheeldon, and Peck. Special thanks to the ever growing AAIP team and family, and BRS/Gage. For M, D, L, my family, and the man I love. Vive la France! @sesty5

  • Sara EstyHometown: Gorham, Maine
  • Training: Former soloist with the Miami City Ballet
  • Your Twitter-sized bio: Sara is thrilled to be exploring the country with the national tour of An American in Paris! She is looking forward to seeing it all, making memories … and finding the best spas across the nation.
  • What was the role that changed your life? This would be it. The role of Lise Dassin not only demands a high level of ballet technique, which I love tackling, but it provides so many new and exciting elements. Using my voice to express who she is has been life-changing.
  • Why are you a dancer? It’s not really something I’ve consciously chosen to do. It’s always been a part of who I am. I absolutely cannot imagine my life without dancing.
  • What would you be doing if you weren’t a dancer?: I would for sure still be active. I’ve always loved skiing and being outdoors, or even a physical therapist or massage therapist. Who knows?
  • Ideal scene partner: I love the work of Tom Hanks. I’m such a movie buff, and he never disappoints. So many layers. Would love to have that to bounce off of.
  • Tell us about the particular challenge of playing Lise in An American in Paris. From start to finish, she is on the go nonstop. At the end of a show, you are mentally and physically drained. So two-show days definitely require a nap, a good meal and a hot shower!
  • What’s one thing not many people know about you? I played the French horn for five years. It was bigger than me – but was fun.
  • What do you hope the audience gets out of this musical? I hope they leave holding hands, with a smile. Love trumps all, and I hope they feel that. We all go through hardships, but with a little love, anything is possible.
  • What’s one thing you want to get off your chest? Why are women still fighting for equality? For that matter … why is any human, in this day and age, still fighting to be seen? And also … why do people in scary movies always go down the dark hallway? Common sense, people.
  • Finish this sentence: “All I want is …”
    (I’m not sure my answer is appropriate for this forum. LOL.)
  • Twitter and Instagram handle: @estygrl

Garen Scribner and Sara Esty. Photo by Matthew Murphy. Garen Scribner and Sara Esty in ‘An American in Paris,’ playing in Denver through March 19. Photo by Matthew Murphy.

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An American in Paris
: Ticket information
An American In ParisAn American in Paris brings the magic and romance of Paris into harmony with unforgettable works from George and Ira Gershwin. This new hit musical about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war, earned more awards than any other musical in the 2014-15 Broadway season.
Through March 19
Buell Theatre
ASL, audio-described and open-captioned performance 2 p.m. March 19
303-893-4100 or BUY ONLINE

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