Sarah Alexander – Bath Spa University

Personal statement

Sarah is a full time lecturer and the Course Leader for BA (Hons) Dance at Bath Spa University. Alongside her lecturing responsibilities she is a performer, choreographer and researcher. As a choreographer, she is interested in the choreological study of human movement, and finding its comic potential within choreography. As a researcher she has most recently collaborated with the learning technology department to explore the impact of mobile technology in the dance studio. As a performer she has worked for Rosemary Lee, Willi Dorner, Bicycle Ballet and many small-scale dance companies and productions.

Prior to working in HE, Sarah worked extensively as a freelance dance practitioner in Brighton, London and the South East, working for a range of organisations. She joined Bicycle Ballet in 2006 as a performer for their large-scale performance on Brighton seafront, and continued in the capacity of performer, workshop leader, and later as assistant choreographer, enjoying national and international touring with the company.

She was an Animateur for Rambert Dance Company for eight years, delivering workshops, summer schools (Rambert School and Dance City) and larger projects for venues such as Ripon Cathedral and The Royal Festival Hall.

As a freelance dance artist, she has created numerous specialist educational projects for Creative Partnerships (Sussex and Suffolk), with a particular interest in teaching maths through dance. She has also been an educational advisor for DanceSpinner.

In 2013 she co-founded the arts company Co.Here with composer Amy Mallet, and collaborated on two site-specific community projects, 'The Witchfinder Project', supported by Ipswich Borough Council and ACE, and 'The Unreturning', performed at Ipswich Museum.

Sarah has had an extensive teaching career, particularly within FE and HE settings. She moved to Suffolk in 2012, taking a lecturer post on BA Dance and BA Dance in the Community at UCS, and took up her post at Bath Spa University in 2014.

Academic qualifications

  • Diploma in Dance - Rambert Dance School
  • BA(Hons) Dance and Visual Art - University of Brighton
  • MA Creative Practice - Trinity Laban.

Professional qualifications

  • Fellow - Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Professional memberships

  • Dance UK

Recent professional updating

  • Contributor to the Porthleven Prize residency 2019
  • 'Women, know your place!' choreographed for YAMA Dance Company selected for Full Bloom Festival and Testing Ground 2018
  • On the panel for a Roundtable on Dance Technique and Performance Training, University of Winchester, May 2018
  • Research into mobile technologies in the studio with Jeff Boehm and Neil Glen. Findings presented at 'Students as Partners' staff development day at Bath Spa University in June 2018
  • External Examiner for South Gloucestershire and Stroud College FdA Dance (2017 onwards)

Teaching specialisms

  • Choreological studies
  • Cunningham and Release technique
  • Performance skills
  • Site-specific choreography and performance
  • Professional development planning
  • Rambert repertoire

Projects and training opportunities

2018

  • Performer for Rosemary Lee's 'Passage for Par' as part of Groundwork international contemporary arts programme for Cornwall 2018.

2017

  • Commissioned to make a new work for YAMA dance company
  • Presentation of collaborative project in partnership with The Holburne Museum: "Dance and Museums Conversation at The Museum of Bath at Work".

2016

  • Rosemary Lee's "Rising", Bath International Music Festival, The Circus, Bath
  • Residency with Rosemary Lee: Salt Dance Camp, Hay Studios, Cornwall
  • "Mementos" - performances with 3rd Stage Dance Company at The Arnolfini, Bristol, and The Edge Theatre, Bath
  • Dance choreography and direction for the ceremony for Jeremy Irons' inauguration into the role of Bath Spa University Chancellor, Bath Abbey.

Research and academic outputs

Go to ResearchSPAce

Using mobile technologies to enhance learning and improve student engagement in the dance studio
article

Alexander, S, Boehm, J.D and Glen, N (2021) 'Using mobile technologies to enhance learning and improve student engagement in the dance studio.' Research in Dance Education. ISSN 1464-7893


Women, know your place! [choreographer]
performance

Alexander, S (2017) Women, know your place! [choreographer]. In: Tree, The Mission Theatre, Bath, UK, 16 December 2017.


Inauguration ceremony dance [choreographer]
performance

Alexander, S (2016) Inauguration ceremony dance [choreographer]. Bath Abbey, Bath, UK, 4 November 2016.


Illuminated umbrella dance
performance

Glen, N and Alexander, S (2015) Illuminated umbrella dance. In: Illuminate 2015, Bath, UK, 3-10 January 2015.


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