Sara Rodriguez is a professional dance artist based in New York City. Born and raised in Southern New Jersey, her early training began as a competitive company dancer at The Dance Connection, later becoming more focused in classical ballet. 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 went on to receive her BFA magna cum laude from the University of Utah. There, she was a member of Utah Ballet, dancing featured roles such as Russian Demi Soloist in George Balanchine's Serenade, Small Swans in Swan Lake, and several roles in contemporary and jazz works by choreographers such as Tamara Squires, Jay Kim, and Dr. Jung-Sik Roh.
Upon moving to New York, Sara further delved into contemporary and jazz styles, workshopping with and performing for choreographers such as Stormy Budwig, Saar Harari, Derek Mitchell, and Janice Rosario. Sara currently dances with SynthesisDANCE under the direction of Tracie Stanfield.
As an educator, Sara teaches dancers of various ages and levels. 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 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—and as of summer 2018, she will be a guest faculty member at Broadway Dance Center's Children & Teens Program.
Other choreographic works include "I Can't Breathe", a dance video directed by Jeshua De Horta (Methods to Madness) in conjunction with the #MeToo movement highlighting the aftermath of sexual violence, and being invited to present work at RAW Artists where Sara premiered "Blackout" in February of 2018.
Above all, Sara values process, depth, curiosity, and connection in her work (and life) and cherishes nothing more than getting to share this art form.
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