Sarah Cohen

Artistic Director of Dance

With 30 years of teaching experience behind her, Sarah Cohen is excited to offer a new opportunity to the dancers of the Oregon North Coast. Dancing since the age of two Sarah started her early classical training under her parents ballet company, North Atlantic Ballet in Boston, Massachusetts. Now the school is managed and owned by her twin sister Lucy Warren Whitman. A turning point in her classical training came in 1985 when she was mentored by Larissa Luvisichuk in the Vaganova method, which is the basis of her ballet training program today. She has been a featured artist and choreographer with DanceArts, Hawaii State Ballet, North Atlantic Ballet, and her experience also includes numerous musical theater productions as well as contemporary and modern dance.

In 2003 She moved to Hawaii with her husband where she met John Landovsky, director of Hawaii State Ballet. Under the tutelage of Mr. Landovsky she danced, taught, and choreographed until 2009 when she then moved to Oregon. Taking some time off from dance, she finished her degree in Physical Anthropology and then in 2013 found herself in Oakridge, Or.

Shortly after her arrival in Oakridge, Sarah realized there were no performing arts opportunities for the children, and within a month started a school, Oakridge Ballet. Over the next few years she developed her dancers using a mixed syllabus, and creating new choreography. Their performance schedule consisted of Nutcracker, a spring production, and a Summer gala. In 2018 she closed her school and relocated to Astoria with her family where she danced and choreographed with Sparrow Dance Company.
Besides her education in Ballet, Physical Anthropology, and massage therapy Sarah Cohen is also very passionate about always being a student. After having her own personal yoga practice for 25 years, in 2021 she received her 200 hour yoga teacher training certificate.

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