Sarah Brinson

Dance Specialty

  • Contemporary

Best Advice to Young Dancers

"There is only one of you in the entire universe- let go of ’needing to fit in’ and embrace what makes you unique, embrace the pain that sometimes comes with standing out and it will be your power to access a story that changes the world."

Favorite Thing about an NYCDA Weekend?

"The DANCERS! I love love love meeting new dance artists. Experiencing their growth and their passion is contagious and I’m so inspired by their spirit and love for movement!"


Sarah is an author, youth mentor, creative producer, and choreographer. Born in Scottsdale, AZ, she began her journey in the performing arts with a local theatrical company and at 18 moved to NYC to pursue a career in dance — she is a proud graduate of Tisch School for the Arts at NYU and upon graduation founded ‘The AFD Method ( to help dance artists enhance their performance quality, storytelling depth, and ability to connect to their audience. She is also the executive producer of the Inspire Dance TV ( created to educate and inspire the next generation of dance artist.

Stage Performances

Sarah’s experience spans across both Musical Theatre and Contemporary Concert Dance Theatre. Some of her credits include Once Upon A Mattress, Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Mark Morris' New Song Waltzes, and is a founding company member of Project 20 Collective. Most recently, Sarah launched her contemporary theatre company, Rockridge Dance Theatre, which premiered at the Joyce earlier this year.

TV/Film Performances

Sarah can be seen in ABC's Once Upon A Time, Date My Dad (UP), So You Think You Can Dance (FOX) , and in various independent films, music videos, and commercials. She’s currently developing a long form dance TV series through her production company, Coal Harbour Pictures.


• Sarah launched her Contemporary Dance Theatre company, Rockridge Dance Theatre which premiered at the Joyce Theater in NYC in early 2017 and is in development for a touring musical adaptation of her book “Lola The Ladybug” the story of a girl who embraced her differences.

Teaching Credits

Sarah is a sought after master teacher and choreographer who is passionate about creating job opportunities for her students. She’s currently on faculty at Broadway Dance Center in NYC and works with leading youth, pre-professional, and professional companies worldwide. Sarah, along with her husband, J. Alex Brinson tour throughout the US, Canada, and over seas teaching across multiple educational platforms.