About Artistic Director

Get To the Pointe Ballet Academy offers combined classes in Jazz, Tap, Ballet ages 3-18. GTTP Ballet Academy is our specialized program for students who are interested in the art of classical ballet, pointe work and contemporary ballet and desire to pursue excellence in ballet.

The Owner, Choreographer, & Ballet Instructor Sarah Lavana Ochs and her team founded Get to the Pointe Ballet Academy to share and cultivate the relentless passion for dance. Sarah Lavana Ochs is committed to her student’s success made evident by her self-sacrificing dedication and perseverance toward each student.


Originally from Monroe, Sarah Ochs danced with Twin City Ballet Company for 11 years. At the age of 18, she became an Artist- in- Residence with Twin City Ballet Company and performed with the company until the age of 21. Sarah has performed in multiple classical ballets as a soloist, such as the Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, and much more. She moved to Lafayette, Louisiana, in 2007, and studied dance at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She also has performed as a soloist for the ULL dance apartment. She has received training from Austin Ballet Company, New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, and Lafayette Ballet Theatre. Throughout the years, Sarah has received multiple scholarships from Twin City Ballet Company for her talent, dedication, and hard work. Among these scholarships, is the Cecilia Kelly Scholarship, which she received in 2005.She also performed with Twin City Ballet Company at the Regional Dance America/Southwest Festival in 2002 and 2003 and has received multiple scholarships at the Regional Dance America/Southwest Festival in 2002 and 2005. Sarah also received a scholarship to Lafayette Ballet Company to study Ballet in 2010.


Sarah is also the owner, teacher, and choreographer for “Get to the Pointe Ballet Academy, in Lafayette and Alexandra. She is also the artistic director for Red River Dance Theater Company, in Alexandria, LA. Sarah was the artistic director and choreographer for the 2017, 2018, and 2019 Nutcracker, for Red River Dance. She also choreographed and was the artistic director for their spring ballet, of Peter and the Wolf, Alice in Wonderland, and most recently, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

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