Sarah Westhora

Sarah Westhora

Vice President
Saran served as TVAD’s Ballet Director from its inception in 2009 until 2019. Since 1988, Sarah has contiguously studied various styles of dance, including classical ballet, tap, and ballroom. Sarah began serious ballet training when 8 years old. Studying under Artistic Director Susan Connally, Sarah performed with the San Antonio Metropolitan Ballet (formerly the San Antonio Dance Theater) as a junior apprentice. She then studied with Julie Rutherford Blacksten and danced with the Classical Ballet Academy in Norman, Oklahoma.
While in college, Sarah danced as a ballroom team member of the Pacific Ballroom Dance Company in Washington under the tutelage of Cheri Ponder and Paul Hart. Sarah studied briefly at the Cache Valley School of Ballet in Logan, Utah. She also trained with Patrice Degraff, an instructor in the Imperial Russian method. She has attended Master Classes at the San Fransisco Ballet, the Denver Ballet, and Ballet West.

In August of 2007, Sarah moved to Tooele County with her husband Darren and three children. She has since instructed hundreds of youth and adults in classical dance and directed multiple performances of: Nutcracker 2008-2011, 2013-2015, 2018; Sleeping Beauty 2009, 2013; Swan Lake 2010, 2014, 2019; Cinderella 2011, 2015; Giselle 2012; A Christmas Carol 2012, 2016; and  Snow Queen (debut 2017). She will co-direct Dracula in the fall of 2019 with Ballet Director Melinda Palmer.

Sarah bases her instruction on a comprehensive syllabus, drawing from the major schools and methods of ballet: French, Bournonville, Cecchetti, Vaganova, and Balanchine. She strongly feels classical ballet training to be the foundation of all other types of dance and a vital part of every dancer’s repertoire.