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LELAND--Sara. The New York City Ballet family mourns the passing of Sara Leland, a longtime member of the Company who joined NYCB in 1960 at the invitation of George Balanchine. Mentored by both Balanchine and Jerome Robbins during 23 years as a dancer with NYCB, Sally, as she was known to friends and colleagues, created leading roles in such masterpieces as Balanchine's "Emeralds," "Symphony in Three Movements," "Union Jack," and "Vienna Waltzes;" and Robbins' "Dances at a Gathering" and "The Goldberg Variations." Upon her retirement from dancing in 1983, Sally continued to share her vast knowledge of NYCB's repertory with generations of artists as a ballet master. Passionate, funny, and always encouraging dancers to give it their all, Sally will be deeply missed. We extend our heartfelt condolences to her niece Mary Sue O'Donnell and many friends.

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Published in New York Times on Nov. 30, 2020.
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December 1, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Lisa Hess
December 1, 2020
Saddened to hear that Sally has left us. She will be greatly missed.
I was lucky to have been coached by her and experience the love and passion she shared for teaching others.
Her energy and positive attitude was infectious.
May her spirit continued to inspire .
Much love.
Lisa Hess
November 30, 2020
Sara Leland was one of my favorite dancers at NYCB. Going to see the ballet as a kid with my family sparked my interest in dance and Sara Leland was a major inspiration -- her performances were never short of dazzling. What an amazing beauty, gone too soon...
Allegra Holch
November 30, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Kelly Smith
November 30, 2020
Dearest family
Sarah was my dance idol growing up. I loved watching her dance. She was so elegant. I lived with her mother and was part of the first opening of the Boston Ballet company as a freshman & sophomore in High School. I send my heartfelt prayers to her life and to her family at this time.
Much love
Marjorie Philpot Joffee
2711 Westervelt Ave
Bronx Ny 10469
Marjorie Philpot Joffee
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