Sara Herrera (Founder and Artistic Director)

          

          

Sara hails from Fort Worth, Texas, where she began her formal training at a young age with Dance Concepts, Margo Dean's School of Ballet, The Professional Youth Conservatory, and furthered her dance education at the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas. Sara received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Modern Dance from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA., where she had the privilege to work with established choreographers such as Gabriel Mason, Donald Lunsford, Molly Misgalla, Wayne St. David, Brian Sanders and Ronen Koresh. After completing her degree, Sara moved to New York City where she taught and performed with the Kennedy Dancers and Peyari Dance Project. Along with other Peyari emerging choreographers, Sara choreographed and performed her own work and was awarded Best Choreography from the Spotlight On Awards in 2002.

Sara has been teaching dance since 2001, in styles of jazz, modern, musical theatre, hip-hop, and contemporary dance. Sara has worked with more than a handful of studios in the DC metro area and beyond. She has choreographed musicals for summer art camps at Imagination Stage in Bethesda, MD, and Acting Manitou in Oakland, ME.  Sara has performed professionally in the DC metro area with Dimensions of Funk and Groove Elements under the direction of Esperonto Bean, with performances at DancePlace, Mason-Rhynes Hip-Hop Festival, Earth Day at the National Mall and the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, to name a few. Sara has also performed with Rasa Arts Collective in Love Times Seven a Bollywood Musical, was one of six choreographers chosen to present her work in the 2011 Eureka Dance Festival at Dance Place, a performer with the talented cast of XXTheCabaret and was a company member of MoCo Dance Alliance under the direction of Alex Schools.  Sara has performed as a flamenco dancer in the Spanish opera, La Vida Breve at the Gala Hispanic Theater with the In Series, and has also had the honor of performing with the In Series at the Embassies of Indonesia, Austria and Hungary. Sara has had the privilege of working with esteemed DC area choreographers and dance artists Jaime Coronado, Hayley Cutler (darlingdance), Tiffany Haughn (DancEthos), Erica Rebollar (Rebollar Dance), and Roxann Morgan Rowley.

You can catch Sara up next in Dance Place's highly anticipated show What's Going On: The Marvin Gaye Project, also as a performer in Goyescas and Goyesquitas, an In Series production and as one of two cast members in Imagination Stage's new early childhood dance theatre show, Paper Dreams, in collaboration with Mons Dansa, a dance theatre company based in Barcelona, Spain. 

Sara is the founder of Petworth Dance, a free outdoor dance series in NW DC, the Petworth Arts Collaborative, an umbrella organization focused on community engagement through the arts, a mom and wife to her beautiful little family and a proud triathlete who has so far completed five triathlons including an Ironman....she looks forward to her next race.

 

Jessica Bracy (dance artist)

 Jessica is a native of Coldwater, Mi, graduated from Indiana University with a BA in Anthropology and Political science. She has danced professionally with The Fort Wayne Ballet, Young Michigan Dances, Flashmob America, and Eidolon Ballet. She has been seen on the New York stage in the shows KRiEp as part of the New York Fringe Festival and as the Ballerina for Experience the Ride. Regional theater credits include: Tiger Lily in Peter Pan, Liz in Chicago, and The Producers. Jessica is currently the Dance Captain for draMAStic dance works and the cofounder of JEM Dance Theater. She recently relocated to Washington, D.C. and is so excited to be dancing her first season with ArasDance.

 

Matthew Rock (dance artist)

Matthew Rock was born in Pinehurst, North Carolina on July 8th, 1992. Matthew first started taking ballroom dance lessons in 2008, followed by Summer training of ballet at Taylor Dance in 2009, then transferred to Terpsichore in 2010, where he trained in ballet, contemporary, and jazz. In 2011, he attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in which he began studying a myriad of genres of dance more in depth, such as, African, ballet, ballroom, contemporary, improvisation, jazz, and choreography. He has also studied and trained in acting and musical theatre. In 2014, Matthew graduated from UNCG with a BFA in dance performance and choreography with a concentration in jazz and contemporary dance studies. Matthew has performed in works, such as The Nutcracker (2010),  Amahl and The Night Visitors (2012), Cabaret (2013) Dirty Fingernails Festival (2013), Janet Lilly’s Time and Concord (2013) and What Seas, What Shores? (2014),  B.J. Sulliven’s Momentary Stays (2013) and Prism (2014), Duane Cyrus’ Gotham and The Globe (2014), Dan Mao’s Who We Were— Phoenix (2014), Fringe Festival (2015), and in his own works, Acceptances and Struggles (2012), Innate (2013), Identity (2014), and Isolation (2014). This is Matthew's first season with ArasDance.

 

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