“The body never lies.”
Sara Rodriguez is a professional dance artist based in New York City. Born and raised in Southern New Jersey, Sara first started dancing competitively at The Dance Connection, eventually beginning her classical ballet training under the guidance of Jennifer and Thomas Hanner. She spent summers studying at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York, the Rock School for Dance Education in Philadelphia, and the Ballet West Academy/University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Sara was also a varsity member of her high school dance team under Chiquita Anderson and Kamilah Brown Cobbs.
Beginning her undergraduate education at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Sara went on to receive her BFA magna cum laude from the University of Utah. There, she was a member of Utah Ballet and danced featured roles such as Russian Demi Soloist in George Balanchine's Serenade, Small Swans in Swan Lake, and several other roles in contemporary works by choreographers such as Jay Kim, Dr. Jung-Sik Roh, and her peers.
Upon moving to New York, Sara discovered her affinity for contemporary movement. She has enjoyed opportunities working with choreographer Janice Rosario in premiering solo work for Counterpointe (a female choreographer initiative in collaboration with NorteMaar) and workshopping with LeeSaar The Company to deepen her explorations of the Gaga movement language. She has also worked with Bryce Dance Company and Brooklyn-based choreographer Stormy Budwig. Sara has also performed in flashmobs choreographed by Derek Mitchell throughout the city.
Additionally, Sara teaches dancers of all levels and in styles such as contemporary, lyrical, jazz, ballet, and pointe. She is currently on faculty at Jump Dance Center where she also choreographs for the competition team, and she often holds open classes in the city. Her teaching style holds musicality and authentic communication in the highest regard while guiding dancers along a path of technical, anatomically-sound discipline. She thoroughly enjoys working with her students to awaken a love for this art form—whether for purposes of recreation or encouragement towards a career in dance.
Above all, Sara values the process in all that she does, bringing depth and curiosity to the forefront of her explorations—wherever they may take her.
Background photo: Andrew Sánchez