Sarah M. Bates
Sarah has been dancing since the age of 3 and teaching/assisting dance since she was 12 years old. She has studied under the instruction of Nancy Frey, Brenda Bobby, Erika Atkinson, Meggins Kelley, and Cayla Allen. She has studied in the areas of Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical, Acrobatics, and Baton.
Sarah has traveled to NYC to study with teachers such as, Frank Hatchett, Sheila Barker, Lane Napper, and A.C. Also, she has taken many workshops around the area and at national competitions. Sarah has co-choreographed for Nic and the Nice Guys as well. She taught at Centerstage Dance Studio for 9 years, Dance 22 for 2 years, and has been at TNT since 2006.
Sarah graduated from Irondequoit High School with honors. While attending WIHS, Sarah cheered 4 years on the Varsity Team and was nominated Captain and MVP for the team. She also placed 3rd place at the Tournament of Champions Cheerleading Individual Competition at Bishop Kearney and was placed on the Eddie Meath All- Star Team for achieving 14th Place in an individual tournament. Sarah has also performed in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Schoolhouse Rocks, and The King and I.
Sarah has completed her Bachelor’s degree at Nazareth College , majoring in Psychology and Elementary/Middle School and Special Education. She also completed her Master’s degree at Nazareth in Inclusive Education. Sarah is now a special education teacher in the Rochester City School District , teaching in the elementary grades.
Sarah currently teaches tap and jazz to competitive and non-competitive students. She looks forward to another great year at TNT Dance Explosion.
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