Sheryl Ware began training in her hometown of San Mateo, California, with Robert and Carolyn Hanlin when she was 7. She continued her ballet studies with Roberta Meyers and then Richard Gibson.
At the age of 15, Ms. Ware attended the School of American Ballet's Summer Course and subsequently enrolled in the School's Winter Term. When she was 17, George Balanchine invited her to join the New York City Ballet.
During her ten years with NYCB, Ms. Ware performed in numerous works by the Company's founding choreographers, George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins. She danced principal roles in Divertimento No. 15, Symphony in C, Vienna Waltzes and Symphony in Three Movements. Soloist roles included La Source, Scotch Symphony, Raymonda Variations, George Balanchine's The Nutcracker™, Don Quixote, Coppelia, Goldberg Variations, Stars and Stripes, Chaccone, Ballo Della Regina and Swan Lake.
Ms. Ware performed in the original productions of a number of George Balanchine's masterworks, including Tschaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2 (1973), Coppélia (1974), Union Jack (1976), Vienna Waltzes (1977), and Ballo Della Regina (1978).
Ms Ware retired from dancing in 1980. She was invited by Peter Martins to join SAB's permanent faculty in 1996.