Minnesota Dance Medicine Foundation

Sally Rouse

MDMF Ambassador

Sally Rousse is honored to be a MDM Ambassador, sharing it’s mission and vision to help improve the health and treatment of dancers through diverse resources. She conducts a distinguished, multifaceted life in dance that includes performing, teaching, curating, advocating, choreographing, and writing, with noteworthy honors and grants. She is a two-time recipient of the McKnight Artist Fellowship for Dancers (2001 and 2014) and received a 2013 Sage Award for Outstanding Performer. Named “Artist of the Year” (City Pages, 2010), she began dancing in Barre, Vermont, going on to train at the School of American Ballet and with David Howard before performing as a leading dancer with Ballet Chicago, the Royal Ballet of Flanders, and James Sewell Ballet (JSB), which she co-founded in NYC 27 years ago. In addition to many roles in the classical and Balanchine repertoires, Sally has danced works by Maurice Béjart, Jiri Kylián, and more than 100 new works created on her by contemporary choreographers. The Cowles Center and JSB honored Rousse with a tribute and retrospective in 2014.  Sally is the first-ever Artist in Residence at The Cowles Center and will produce “ICON SAM: Temple Dances” an historical, hysterical romp in, around, and outside of 528 Hennepin Avenue South for June, 2018.