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Sadie Bo Sommer retires from Nashville Ballet

Sadie Bo Sommer performing in The Nutcracker. PHOTO COURTESY KARYN KIPLEY

Sadie Bo Sommer performing in The Nutcracker. PHOTO COURTESY KARYN KIPLEY

Sadie Bo Sommer has been performing in lead roles with Nashville Ballet Company for fourteen years. Sommer’s lead roles with Nashville Ballet Company have included the Sugar Plum Fairy in Nashville’s Nutcracker, Odette and Odile in Swan Lake, Juliet in Romeo & Juliet, Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, Chosen One in Salvatore Aiello’s Rite of Spring, and the title role in Giselle.

Sommer recently announced this would be her final season with the company. Her retirement will come as she performs as Titania at the end of the final performance of A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream that runs April 24-26 at TPAC’s Jackson Hall.

Her retirement brings a sense of sadness, yet remembrance to the company as they have seen her grow up since 2001.  Nashville Ballet Artistic Director & CEO Paul Vasterling said, “Sadie represents Nashville Ballet in a most perfect way. She’s been with us for a long period of time, and we’ve had the pleasure of watching her develop as an artist and experience these wonderful performances she’s given us.”

Sadie Bo Sommer. PHOTO COURTESY ANTHONY MATULA

Sadie Bo Sommer. PHOTO COURTESY ANTHONY MATULA

Sommer is the most recent recipient of the Patricia Taylor Bullard Endowed Scholarship Fund from Belmont University. This annual award is given to a student who dances with Nashville Ballet Company full-time and attends Belmont on a part-time basis. Sommer will graduate from Belmont in August 2015 with a bachelor’s degree and will then move to Atlanta to attain a Master’s Degree in Public Health.

The opportunities Sommer has been given here are very special. Sommer will always hold these memories and experiences close to her heart. “Nashville Ballet has not only been my career for the last 14 years, but my way of life,” Sommer said. “I am forever grateful for the opportunities I have had and the relationships I’ve built. I’ll always look at this part of my life with such fondness, and I’m excited to see what lies ahead for this new chapter.”

To send warm wishes to Sommer through social media, fans can use the hashtag #FarewellSadie.