Sarah Emery

Sarah is a freelance teaching artist and choreographer based in St. Petersburg/Tampa, FL. She has been teaching dance to all ages for over 20 years in schools including the Atlanta Ballet, Charlotte Ballet, Open Door Studios, Patel Conservatory and Ponte Vedra Ballet and Dance Company.

Most recently Sarah was awarded the 2022 Professional Artist Grant by Creative Pinellas and was a selected choreographer for Sarasota Contemporary Dance Company’s production of Voices 2022. Her dance film, The Dinner Table, was screened at Beacon 2023 at the Palladium in St. Petersburg as well as Central Florida’s Choreocollab Film Fest 2022.

Sarah was founder/director of Watershed Dance Theatre, premiering works in Charlotte, NC and Atlanta, GA. She has produced several films for dance, receiving multiple, global official selections as well as Viewer’s Choice Award (Dance on Screen Alabama) and Certificate of Distinction for top three global selections (Choreocollab Film Fest). She was the project tier recipient of the Choreography Connection Award through Regional Dance America (2017) which led to commissions with the Delaware Dance Company and the Canton Ballet.

Sarah was a principal dancer with Moving Poets Charlotte, a contemporary and multi-disciplinary dance company in Charlotte, NC where she later became co-artistic director. She danced with the Tulsa Ballet Theatre, North Carolina Dance Theatre (now Charlotte Ballet) and Omaha Theater Ballet.

Sarah is also a freelance graphic designer. She enjoys combining her love for design, film and movement – pushing the boundaries and connecting movement with community.

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