Sara Rohs is the founder and artistic director of Madison Contemporary Dance (MCD) professional dance company. MCD supports 22 contemporary dancers and 6 street-style dancers to create new works of collaborative dance, performing in the community and theater concerts. This season they will host the Gratitude Protect concert at the Overture Center, the Holidays Collide community concert at the Mitby Theater, and a Festival for a Cause at Verona HS Theater. MCD offers outreach classes, and a summer intensive each July. In 2022 Sara was awarded the Artist At Work grant from the National Environmental for the Arts for her leadership of MCD and her impact in the community with arts access.
Raised in Minnesota, Sara trained at many Twin Cities dance studios including Zenon Dance Company, Ballet Arts, Stage Door Dance for Performing Arts, The FIRM, Dance Spectrum, and the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts. She continued her dance education by becoming a member of the Augsburg College Dance Team, later becoming its captain for three years and then its coach for four years. She was a member of the Swarm Performance Team with the Professional Lacrosse League in Minnesota.
Sara started the Ascending Star Dance Team in 2004 and was the director and dancer for 3 years. Sara taught for Just for Kix summer camps and hosted workshops with the Augsburg College Dance Team. She was hired to dance professionally for various events.
After moving to Madison, Sara took courses with the UW Madison Dance Department. She danced with the Milwaukee Brewer’s Diamond Dancers for two seasons and was a member of the Madison area SweatShop Hip Hop Crew.
Sara completed Lisa Howell’s Teacher Training Workshop in 2015. Sara has guest taught dance and choreographed for many dance studios and dance teams including college and professional dance teams and professional dance companies. Sara took a Love and Logic course and continues to study and apply methods to help children and adults thrive in learning environments.
She currently teaches at Synergy Dance Academy and judges dance competitions throughout Wisconsin. Sara also directs the Majestic Hip Hop Crew with Papa Kobina Brewoo. In 2022 Sara started the MCD Youth Program, giving student dancers and opportunity to learn, create, perform, and build community.