Sarah Council is a contemporary modern dance choreographer and teaching artist. She is the artistic director of Sarah Council Dance Projects (SCDP); a dance company founded in 2007. SCDP has performed and taught extensively though out New York City and the east coast region. In 2014, Council, relocated from NYC to Charlotte, North Carolina where she continues to develop and create new works.
As a dance educator, Council believes that the creative process is empowering and transformative for individuals and communities. Sharing this process is a passion and priority for SCDP.
In this effort, Council has conducted residencies, presented lecture demonstrations and taught master classes and dance-making workshops to people of all ages and abilities throughout New York City, New Jersey, Washington DC, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Florida. She has worked with arts education organizations such as Together in Dance (NYC), The New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJ), The Wolf Trap Institute of Early Learning for the Arts (DC/NJ), American Dance institute (DC), Dance Place (DC) and Joy of Motion (DC).
What participants and teachers are saying:
“It was so interesting to see my students completely involved in the creative process…What a wonderful experience.”
–Classroom teacher participant; elementary school dance-making residency
“Sarah did a wonderful job working with all my students! She allowed them to be creative, but guided in the right direction while using positive responses.”
-Classroom teacher participant; elementary school dance-making residency
“…Dance-making, when generous and community minded can be stress-less.”
-Dance-making workshop participant
SCDP has received support from the Queens Council on the Arts, The Puffin Foundation and The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Council’s choreography, described by the Washington post as “…uncommonly honest and expressive”, has been presented in numerous venues in NYC including: The Green Building, The 92nd St. Y, The LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, Times Square Arts Center.The Flea Theater, The Secret Theater, The LABA Theater, The Riverside Theatre, Green Space, Triskelion Arts, Topaz Arts, Merce Cunningham Studio, Dance New Amsterdam, Gowanus Arts, Times Square Arts Center. Council’s work has also been presented at the following venues in Washington, DC, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Florida: Dance Place (DC), The Jack Guidone Theater (DC), Franklin Marshall University (PA),Glema Mahr Center for the Arts (KY) and Jacksonville Episcopal School (FL).
Council holds a BFA from the University of Oklahoma where she performed nationally and internationally
5000 Elder Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28205
Designed to Move is a 3-5 day professional development residency for classroom teachers led by dance educator and seasoned teaching artist, Sarah Council. Program participants will acquire a variety of accessible arts integration strategies that offer easy ways to explore curriculum areas through dance and get their students moving! Teachers will work together to incorporate these strategies as they design and implement an arts integrated lesson plan.
Over the course of this residency participants will:
• Experience a variety of tools used to integrate movement into their classrooms and curriculum.
• Practice leading these strategies in small working groups.
• Design and implement an original arts integrated lesson plan for use in their classroom.
• Receive mentoring and feedback on plan from Ms. Council and a community of peers.
This program will meet for a total of 3-5 days. The exact residency duration and schedule can be determined to meet the needs of each individual school.
Designed to Move aligns with the following Arts and Science Council’s funding priority area: Teacher Professional Development
September through May
Multipurpose room, classroom or meeting room with movable furniture.
3-5 day residency = $900
W 5 Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.
(Designed to Move participants will apply this same process of creating and revising in dance-making and lesson planning; working individually and in collaboration)
SL1 Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
(Designed to Move participants will develop collaborative team building skills while designing arts integrated lesson plans, presenting them to one another and offering feedback.)
R 4 Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
(Designed to Move participants will interpret movement phrases, determining meaning and analyzing how specific movement choices and the application of dance concepts, [i.e.: shape, time, space, and force] shape meaning and tone.)
DM.1 Understand how to use movement skills in dance
CP.1 Use choreographic principles, structures, and processes to create dances that communicate ideas, experiences, feelings, and images.
K.R.1 Use a variety of thinking skills to analyze and evaluate dance.
CP.2 Understand how to use performance values (kinesthetic awareness, concentration, focus, and etiquette) to enhance dance performance.
50% of the total engagement fee if cancelling within 30 days of the booking
100% of the total engagement fee if cancelling within 7 days of the booking
In case of inclement weather or other unforeseen situations SCDP will work with the school to reschedule residency activities.