“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.
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 discovered a deeper affinity for contemporary movement through workshopping with LeeSaar The Company, with whom she explored the Gaga movement language. She has worked with Bryce Dance Company, Stormy Budwig, and currently dances with Janice Rosario and Company. Sara has also performed in flashmobs throughout the city under the direction of Derek Mitchell, and she 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 (NY), where she also choreographs for their competition team. This season, Sara is thrilled to join the faculty at Front & Center for Performing Arts (NJ) where she will teach and choreograph as well.
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.
Further experience in the field includes modeling for various dance, portrait, and fine art photographers and videographers, which she deeply values as these different media have the power to ever expand 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: Brian Mengini