About Author: Sarah Levitt

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

Posts by Sarah Levitt

  • As a young dancer, I dreamt of joining a dance company, going on tour, performing. All I wanted was to be A Professional Dancer. I was fortunate enough to find my way to Dance Exchange right after college, and discovered a place that nurtures its dancers into mature, thoughtful artists with a critical eye and big aspirations for what dance can do. One of my curiosities that first season of touring with the company was What Happens On Tour. As a student, this part of a dancer’s life was a topic about which I always had questions: What’s it like? How do I pack? What do I eat? What happens after rehearsal?

    Shifting the wonder

    As a young dancer, I dreamt of joining a dance company, going on tour, performing. All I wanted was to be A Professional Dancer. I was fortunate enough to find my way to Dance Exchange right after college, and discovered a place that nurtures its dancers into mature, thoughtful artists with a critical eye and big aspirations for what dance can do. One of my curiosities that first season of touring with the company was What Happens On Tour. As a student, this part of a dancer’s life was a topic about which I always had questions: What’s it like? How do I pack? What do I eat? What happens after rehearsal?

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  • I've been rolling this idea of labels around for a while now and what their value is in the arts, and in Edmonton, I started to really consider the words I use more closely in describing this work. Usually, I'd say that I was in Canada for a week teaching "community dance workshops" (aka workshops for people who don't consider themselves dancers), and that is one way to describe what happened. But what I'd rather say is that Shula and I went to Edmonton and taught advanced composition classes for a week. And we can say that these are just words, but the labels matter: I find that when I say "community", people hear "outreach", and when I say "comp class", they hear "art".

    What do we call it?

    I've been rolling this idea of labels around for a while now and what their value is in the arts, and in Edmonton, I started to really consider the words I use more closely in describing this work. Usually, I'd say that I was in Canada for a week teaching "community dance workshops" (aka workshops for people who don't consider themselves dancers), and that is one way to describe what happened. But what I'd rather say is that Shula and I went to Edmonton and taught advanced composition classes for a week. And we can say that these are just words, but the labels matter: I find that when I say "community", people hear "outreach", and when I say "comp class", they hear "art".

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  • Two articles came out this week featuring interviews with prolific choreographers Liz Lerman and Mark Morris. In both interviews, the choreographers discuss what it is to be an aging artist: the Washington Post interview with […]

    Weekend reading

    Two articles came out this week featuring interviews with prolific choreographers Liz Lerman and Mark Morris. In both interviews, the choreographers discuss what it is to be an aging artist: the Washington Post interview with […]

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  • This is our last month of regular FRIDAY CLASS until we start back in September, so let me start by saying THANK YOU to the fabulous group of dancers and teachers we've had in the room this year. This season's series will conclude with a month of classes taught by me and Matthew, including some bonus non-Friday FRIDAY CLASSes.

    FRIDAY CLASS in June

    This is our last month of regular FRIDAY CLASS until we start back in September, so let me start by saying THANK YOU to the fabulous group of dancers and teachers we've had in the room this year. This season's series will conclude with a month of classes taught by me and Matthew, including some bonus non-Friday FRIDAY CLASSes.

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  • In May, join us for an exciting month of FRIDAY CLASS featuring a different teacher each week! May 3: Shula Strassfeld May 10: Matthew Cumbie May 17: Cassie Meador May […]

    FRIDAY CLASS sampler series in May

    In May, join us for an exciting month of FRIDAY CLASS featuring a different teacher each week! May 3: Shula Strassfeld May 10: Matthew Cumbie May 17: Cassie Meador May […]

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  • In May, the one and only Graham Brown will teach Takoma Park Moves! Graham last taught in our FRIDAY CLASS series in December, and we're really looking forward to having him back to teach for the month.

    Takoma Park MOVES with Graham Brown

    In May, the one and only Graham Brown will teach Takoma Park Moves! Graham last taught in our FRIDAY CLASS series in December, and we're really looking forward to having him back to teach for the month.

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  • If you've spent any length of time with me or Cassie, you've heard about Sheboygan. We refer to it sometimes at Narnia--this place that doesn't sound real until you experience it firsthand.

    Our last night in Sheboygan

    If you've spent any length of time with me or Cassie, you've heard about Sheboygan. We refer to it sometimes at Narnia--this place that doesn't sound real until you experience it firsthand.

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  • Paloma McGregor, one of the dancers in "How To Lose a Mountain", is probably not the first to point out that dancers think about food. A lot. Many of our conversations on tour revolved around planning out the next meal, sometimes even while we were in the middle of the first one.

    A week of food in Sheboygan

    Paloma McGregor, one of the dancers in "How To Lose a Mountain", is probably not the first to point out that dancers think about food. A lot. Many of our conversations on tour revolved around planning out the next meal, sometimes even while we were in the middle of the first one.

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  • Christopher K. Morgan is back! He'll teach two more classes in our FRIDAY CLASS series this spring, and, after seeing his beautiful company perform last weekend, we couldn't be more excited to have him back in our studios.

    FRIDAY CLASS on April 19 and 26 with Christopher K. Morgan

    Christopher K. Morgan is back! He'll teach two more classes in our FRIDAY CLASS series this spring, and, after seeing his beautiful company perform last weekend, we couldn't be more excited to have him back in our studios.

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  • I'm looking forward to teaching two classes in April's FRIDAY CLASS series: April 5 and 12. In this two-class series, we'll continue to play with weight and rhythm, and how a subtle shift in quality allows us to dance along a spectrum from pedestrian to fancy.

    FRIDAY CLASS with Sarah Levitt

    I'm looking forward to teaching two classes in April's FRIDAY CLASS series: April 5 and 12. In this two-class series, we'll continue to play with weight and rhythm, and how a subtle shift in quality allows us to dance along a spectrum from pedestrian to fancy.

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