Sarah trained at Rambert Dance School and furthered her studies at the University of Brighton, gaining a degree in Dance and Visual Art. Sarah completed her Masters at Trinity Laban in 2012 where she further developed her interest in the study of intrinsic human movement and its comic potential within choreography, culminating in the creation of the live performance 'How to get along' for the Bonnie Bird Theatre in 2012.
Sarah has 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 has been an Animateur for Rambert Dance Company since 2007, 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 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.
She has performed and choreographed for numerous festivals and events including:
- Brighton Fringe with Billed Dance Company
- Brighton Festival with 'Bodies in Urban Spaces' by Willi Dorner
- Soundwaves Festival, University of Brighton, with Lost Parade
- Glastonbury with Grrrlesque
- Edinburgh Fresh out of the Fringe with 'Three's Company, Two's a Party'
- Resolution! at The Place, London, with RAW Dance Company and Tall Alex
- Fontys Festival, Holland
- Eurodans, Dublin
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.
- Diploma in Dance - Rambert Dance School
- BA(Hons) Dance and Visual Art - University of Brighton
- MA Creative Practice - Trinity Laban.
- Fellow - Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
- 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)
- Choreological studies
- Cunningham and Release technique
- Performance skills
- Site-specific choreography and performance
- Professional development planning
- Rambert repertoire
Projects and training opportunities
- Performer for Rosemary Lee's 'Passage for Par' as part of Groundwork international contemporary arts programme for Cornwall 2018.
- 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".
- 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
Alexander, S (2017) Women, know your place! [choreographer]. In: Tree, The Mission Theatre, Bath, UK, 16 December 2017.
Alexander, S (2016) Inauguration ceremony dance [choreographer]. Bath Abbey, Bath, UK, 4 November 2016.
Glen, N and Alexander, S (2015) Illuminated umbrella dance. In: Illuminate 2015, Bath, UK, 3-10 January 2015.