About Sarah

Sarah Franco

Conservatory Ballet Director - Ballet Instructor

Sarah currently serves as Adjunct Assistant Professor in the University of Utah Department of Ballet. She grew up training in ballet, contemporary, jazz, and hip hop at the Lou Conte Dance Studio, home of the world-renown Hubbard Street Dance Company. She also danced with the 4-time state champion St. Charles Drill Team and served as captain her senior year. She received her BA in Ballet from Brigham Young University and spent two seasons with BYU's touring company, Theatre Ballet. After dancing with Hubbard Street 2, Sarah decided to pursue her MFA in Modern Dance from the University of Utah, where she spent three years as a member of Performing Dance Company and graduated in August 2007. Sarah has served as full time faculty in the dance departments at Creative Arts Academy, the University of Oregon, and the University of Utah and currently serves as an Adjunct Assistant Professor in both the Ballet and Modern Departments at the University of Utah.

Sarah's choreography has been featured at Brigham Young University, the University of Utah, the University of Oregon, Freespace Dance Company of Chicago, and on groups and soloists in the competition circuit. She is a dedicated student of Pilates and Bikram Yoga and enjoys teaching dancers body awareness, balance, strength, and efficiency through anatomical awareness and solid technique. Sarah continues to seek performance opportunities and has worked with many choreographers in Chicago, Salt Lake City, New York, and Raleigh including Stephen Koester, Lucas Crandall, Jim Vincent, Abby Fiat, Satu Hummasti, Eric Handman, and Donald McKayle. Sarah dreams of starting a professional company where she can feature her choreography, commission other choreographers, and provide dancers with an inspiring, challenging environment.

Education and Professional Experience:
  • Bachelor of Art in Ballet from BYU
  • Master of Fine Arts in Modern from the University of Utah
  • Danced with Hubbard Street 2, Freespace Dance Company, Movement Forum, Penguin Lady Dance and RAW MOVES Dance Company
Career Highlight:
  • Dance faculty at University of Oregon and Univeristy of Utah.
Years of Teaching: 14