Sally Rojas Herrera is one of the most respected ballet educators. We are very fortunate to have Sally on staff at West University Dance Centre. She has been a intergral part of our staff for over eight years, and currently teaches our level Ballet V-VI.
Since 2004, Sally has also taught in the upper school at Houston Ballet Ben Stevenson Academy at Houston Ballet.
Sally was born in Caracas, Venezuela and moved to Miami, Florida when she was ten, training with Thomas Annour, Robert Pike, and Judith Reese Newman at the Miami Conservatory.
She went on to study at the School of American Ballet and American Ballet Theatre. At the age of sixteen she became a member of American Ballet Theatre II where she remained and toured extensively for two years.
Ms. Rojas joined the Houston Ballet Company and as a soloist continued to expand her repertoire that included dancing the principal roles in Ben Stevenson’s The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, The Snow Maiden, Peer Gynt, Cleopatra, and Dracula; Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon, Song of the Earth, Gloria, and Elite Syncopations; and Ronald Hynd’s The Merry Widow.
Ms. Rojas also enjoyed dancing leading roles in contemporary ballets that include Stanton Welch’s Indigo, Garden of Mirth, and Bruiser; Ben Stevenson’s Miraculous Mandarin, Four Last Songs, Dusk, and Bartok Concerto; George Balanchine’s Serenade, Agon, La Valse, and Four Temperments; William Forsythe’s In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated; Nacho Duato’s Without Words; Jiri Kylian’s Sinfonietta; Trey McIntire’s Second Before the Ground and Peter Pan; Christopher Bruce’s Ghost Dances, Rooster, Sargeant Early’s Dream, Land, and Cruel Garden; and John Selya’s Ingredients.
Since her retirement in 2004, Ms. Rojas has taught master classes at the Regional Dance America South West Festival, Southern Methodist University, and the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Ms. Rojas has also been an adjudicator for the Children’s Foundation for the Arts and Sam Houston State University. Ms. Rojas was involved in a three-year project that includes traveling to Guatemala and holding teacher workshops and teaching master classes.