SARAH LEVITT is a choreographer, performer and teacher currently based in Columbus, OH, where she is pursuing an MFA at the Ohio State University. She received her early dance training from Gene Kelly via VHS, Barton & Williams School of Dance, and Ilona Kessell. These formative experiences helped her to earn a Creative and Performing Arts Scholarship in Dance from the University of Maryland, where she received a BA in Dance, and was honored with a Dorothy Madden Emerging Artist Award upon graduation. From 2007 to 2013, she has worked with Dance Exchange as a guest artist, company member, and as a Resident Artist/Communications Coordinator.
At Dance Exchange, she originated roles in Liz Lerman’s The Matter of Origins (2010), Cassie Meador’s Drift (2009) and How To Lose a Mountain (2013) and has toured extensively with the company to perform, teach, and develop new work. Highlights include residencies at the Kohler Arts Center (Sheboygan, WI), Harvard University, and St Elizabeths Hospital (DC). Prior to joining DX as a full-time artist in 2010, Sarah also performed in work by Robert Battle, Gesel Mason, PearsonWidrig DanceTheater, Samantha Speis, and Keith Thompson. In 2011, she and collaborator Benjamin Wegman received a Local Dance Commissioning Project award from the Kennedy Center to create Hammock, which premiered at the Kennedy Center. Her work has also been presented at Dance Place, Baltimore Theater Project, University of Maryland, and the Bealtaine Festival (Ireland). Sarah was awarded the Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award in Choreography (2009) and Solo Performance (2010), and shares with Benjamin Wegman a 2012 Metro DC Dance Award for Emerging Choreographer for Hammock.