“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 workshopped with LeeSaar The Company to deepen her explorations of the Gaga movement language; performed in flashmobs throughout the city under the direction of Derek Mitchell; and worked with Bryce Dance Company and Brooklyn-based choreographer Stormy Budwig, among others. Sara currently dances with Janice Rosario and Company and continues to immerse herself in new projects.
Additionally, Sara teaches dancers of all levels, in styles such as contemporary, lyrical, jazz, and ballet/pointe. She is currently on faculty at Jump Dance Center, where she also choreographs for their competition team. The team has been recognized and awarded for Sara's unique, emotionally- and musically-driven choreography at several competitions.
Sara also teaches open classes throughout the city on a drop-in basis (click here for the schedule!). Her instructional and choreographic styles hold 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.
Sara also models for several dance, portrait, and fine art photographers and videographers, which she values as this further expands upon the perspectives through which movement can be created and observed.
Above all, Sara values the process in everything she does, bringing depth and curiosity to the forefront of her explorations—wherever they may take her.
Background photo: Andrew Sánchez