Sarah Ruppel Bullis

(Meet the Artist)

Since 1997 Sarah has been independently teaching children’s ballet camps in the Annapolis and Richmond area. Her strong passion for teaching dance led her to join the Richmond Ballet faculty in 2010, where she continues to teach full time. In addition, she currently is an independent ballet and creative movement teacher and program director with the Weinstein Jewish Community Center, Cartwheels and Coffee, Goddard School of Short Pump, and Passion Dance Academy. In the Richmond area she has also guest taught at the Chester Performing Arts Studio, Regency Dance Academy, Central Virginia Dance Academy, Country Club of Virginia, and Willow Oaks Country Club. Adults looking for additional fitness activities can find her teaching barre class at The Barre Boutique or Rhythm and Motion cardio dance class at Richmond Ballet.


Sarah Ruppel Bullis is originally from Annapolis, MD where she began her dance studies at the age of four with Ballet Theatre of Maryland, under the direction of Edward Stewart. Before graduating high school she continued her training in Washington D.C. at the Kirov Academy and later at the Washington School of Ballet, under the direction of Mary Day. She spent her summers attending ballet training programs at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and American Ballet Theatre of New York City. After graduating high school, she studied in the B.F.A program of the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati for one year and then was invited to move to New York City to train professionally with Edward Ellison. In 2006 Sarah joined the Richmond Ballet as a trainee and later continued to enjoy a professional career with the Sarasota Ballet of Florida, under the direction of Iain Webb. Sarah’s classical ballet repertoire includes a variety of roles performed in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Anna Karenina, Checkmate, Cinderella, Coppelia, Don Quixote, Facade, The Nutcracker, Les Patineurs, Paquita, Pineapple Poll, Serenade, The Sleeping Beauty, Les Sylphides, Two Pigeons, Who Cares? and Valse Fantasy. She currently performs independently with local choreographers as well as with her own choreography.

Some of us do it for the money or the fame. Others, like myself, do it because if they don't, they feel as if their hearts will explode. Sarah Ruppel Bullis is no different. She is a dancer and an artist in the purest sense. We are both compelled by the heart to pursue our passion purely for the sake of satisfying the soul. We went out the other day to shoot a little film and got so much more from the experience. I am grateful to know such an amazing artist. Thank you for taking the time to look at our work.

I am thrilled to collaborate with Rutsen Eagle on photography and video projects, and continue to look forward to discovering what the future holds!
— Sarah Ruppel Bullis

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