Sterling Baca grew up in Larkspur, Colorado. He began his ballet training at the Academy of Colorado Ballet at age eleven and then studied with German Zamuel. He attended five ABT summer intensives as a National Training Scholar and Bender Foundation Scholar and enrolled in the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre in 2009 on full scholarship. Baca was an inaugural recipient of the Dizzy Feet Foundation Scholarship and performed at the Dizzy Feet Foundation Gala in 2009 at the Kodak Theater.
Baca joined ABT II in September 2010. His repertoire included George Balanchine's Stars and Stripes pas de deux and lead roles in Jerome Robbins' Interplay and Antony Tudor's Continuo. Baca also danced in Balanchine's Allegro Brilliante, Aszure Barton's Barbara, Jodie Gates' A Taste of Sweet Velvet and the world premiere of Jessica Lang's Vivacce Motifs.
Baca joined ABT as an apprentice in May 2011 and became a member of the corps de ballet in December 2011. His roles with the Company include the Spanish Dance in Alexei Ratmansky's The Nutcracker, the Spanish Suitor in The Sleeping Beauty, Stephano in The Tempest and roles in Bach Partita, Duets and The Final Frame by Zhong-Jing Fang.
Mr. Baca's performances at American Ballet Theatre are sponsored by Barbara Scher, in loving memory of her sister, Gayle Jaffe.