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.
Beginning her undergraduate education at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Sara transferred and 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 and jazz works by choreographers such as Tamara Squires, Jay Kim, Dr. Jung-Sik Roh, and her peers.
Upon moving to New York, Sara delved into contemporary and jazz styles: She has workshopped with LeeSaar The Company, to explore the Gaga movement language, in addition to working with Bryce Dance Company, Stormy Budwig, Derek Mitchell, and Janice Rosario and Company. Taking on the role of choreographer, Sara has begun creating video work, her first significant work being "I Can't Breathe" directed by Jeshua De Horta (Methods to Madness) in conjunction with the #MeToo social media campaign highlighting the aftermath for victims sexual violence. Additionally, Sara was invited to present work at RAW Artists where she premiered "Blackout" in February of 2018. She continues to immerse herself in the commercial dance scene with new and intriguing projects.
Additionally, Sara teaches dancers of various levels in contemporary, lyrical, jazz, and ballet/pointe. She is currently on faculty at Jump Dance Center (NY) and Front & Center for Performing Arts (NJ), where she also choreographs for their respective competition teams.
Sara also travels to studios upon request as a guest teacher and/or choreographer. 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.
Furthermore, Sara is thrilled to join the team at Elite Dance Cup this season as a judge and instructor, where she will travel to various cities throughout the US to offer feedback to competitors and teach convention-style classes.
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.
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