Dancing and not dancing at Workspace for Choreographers

A great benefit to time at Workspace for Choreographers, an artists’ retreat in Sperryville, Virginia, is the chance to work, uninterrupted by technology and routine. Equally important is the chance to not work. Cooking nice meals, taking walks and hikes, going into town, reading, sleeping (10 hours a night!), writing, drawing–all of these tangential activities show up in subtle and salient ways in the rehearsal process. Cassie, Paloma, and I spent a great week together making new material in and out of the studio for Cassie’s How to Lose a Mountain, and developing new methods for creating movement when we’re out on the trail next spring.


Artists' cabin at Workspace. Photo by Paloma McGregor.

Makeshift dresser for the week. Photo by Sarah Levitt.

Cassie cooking dinner. Photo by Paloma McGregor.

Table set for dinner on our first night. Photo by Sarah Levitt.

Virginia landscape. Photo by Sarah Levitt.

On the way into town. Photo by Paloma McGregor.


Paloma and Cassie hiked to the falls. Photo by Paloma McGregor.


About Sarah Levitt

Sarah Levitt (Resident Artist/Communications Coordinator) is a dancer, choreographer and teacher based in Maryland.