Sarah Zuccaro has been dancing for 30 years. Starting off in the more traditional forms of dance, she is proficient in Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, American-style social Ballroom, and the Latin dances. She graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Dance Performance and Choreography. In addition to her degree, Sarah also has her Bronze American style instructor certification by Diane Jarmalow through Fred Astaire, levels 1-4 Zouk instructor certifications through Kim Rottier of Zouk NY, and her intermediate/advanced musicality certification by Carlos da Silva of Rio Dance Studio in Prague.
Sarah’s professional dance career started when she was 17 with freelance jazz and hip-hop work. Major performance credits include appearances on “Showtime at the Apollo” and “Good Morning America,” a featured performer in “Witness the Magic”- a local professional magic/dance show, and Encore Musical Theatre’s “Club Morocco”. In college, she switched gears with the opportunity to perform in several modern pieces created by well-known, professional choreographers such as Daniel Gwirtzman, Shauna Steele, and Amy Cova. When taking on a position as a Ballroom instructor after graduation, her work and dance focus shifted to the partner dances, bringing about opportunities like for commercial partner-dance work for music videos, celebrity charity events, and more. Sarah has also worked with the Luna Dancers, which is a commercial entertainment dance company that performs full-length shows in the genres of Hip Hop, Jazz, and go-go exclusively for Luna Nightclub, a well-known and award winning dance club in Metro-Detroit.
As her career developed and evolved, Sarah became highly trained and experienced in Salsa, Bachata, Kizomba, and Brazilian Zouk, which is now where her focus lies long term. She has had the opportunity to headline as a performer and instructor at many festivals and congresses in North America, Europe & South America in all of the above genres. Sarah has also collected many finalist placements in both social dance & performance-based competitions in most styles she’s worked in professionally including Zouk, Kizomba, Salsa, Bachata, Ballroom, and Cabaret. In 2014, she relocated to Chicago where she has taught at one of the longest standing Latin dance studios in the city, directed 5 trend-setting performance teams, and successfully hosted large scale dance events in the city. In 2019, she opened her own Afro-Latin Dance Studio: Urbanity Dance Chicago. Sarah is the owner, program director, and master instructor for the Zouk & Body Movement curriculums at the studio. In addition to her work at home, she also travels freelance on the weekends, solo or with various partners, performing and teaching Zouk, Kizomba, Bachata and Bachata/Zouk fusion.
Sarah has been recognized for her dynamic choreographies and her ability to apply her classical training to the social dances. She has sustained a healthy career in the Afro-Latin dance industry for almost 10 years now and is respected for her high level of training, education, and success in such a wide variety of dance styles.
Urbanity Dance Chicago is a woman-owned, predominantly Afro-Latin partner dance studio that focuses on the most trending sub-styles of Salsa, Bachata, Kizomba & Zouk. “Connect. Express. Vibe” is our “checklist” of sorts for each of our students. We want the studio to be a second home where our dance family can connect with their passion for dance, music, and other people who share the same, comfortably express themselves through movement with ease and their own personal style, and vibe out on amazing energy, music, and flow of movement every time they’re in the studio or at one of our events.
Founded in January of 2019, Urbanity is the newest and most innovative adult partner-dance environment in the city. Our curriculum structure and teaching methods are unique and constantly evolving to ensure that quality & fun are equally valued at every level. We are also the only studio who has truly dissociated gender and masculine/feminine styling from the lead/follow roles in partner dance. Urbanity works hard to create a safe, judgement-free space that encourages students to participate in either or both roles with any styling they choose!
Ask a student or staff member about Urbanity and you will hear “comfortable”, “connected”, “a friendly and supportive environment”, and “a perfect balance of discipline and creativity”. Our staff is passionate, our students are family, and we are truly welcoming to ALL. We hope you join us soon!