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Sarah Chien

is a Brooklyn-based dancer, teacher, and producer who creates improvised works with collaborators from dance, music, circus and theatre. 

She has performed her own and collaborative projects in Greece, Slovakia, Spain and Italy. In New York, her work has been shown at University Settlement, Brooklyn Studios for Dance, Triskelion Arts, The Kraine, Arts on Site, The Brick, Eden’s Expressway and Chez Bushwick. She has been a company member for Andre Zachery/Renegade Performance Group, Sydnie L. Mosley Dances, Jody Sperling/Time Lapse Dance and performed with the Commons Choir. She is a founding member of ∞therside, an international improvisation collective.

 

In 2013 she founded Floor Friends, a training network and platform through which she curates and produces independent classes, workshops and occasional performances. She has produced workshops with teachers from New York, Seattle, Los Angeles, Ecuador, Argentina, Costa Rica, Denmark, Belgium and Sweden. Sarah has personally taught contemporary floorwork and improvisation classes at the National Ballet of Ecuador, Princeton University and throughout New York City at Chez Bushwick, Mark Morris, Gibney Dance, and Brooklyn Studios for Dance.

For two consecutive summers, Sarah was the only American in a group of international performers invited to spend an intensive month working with David Zambrano in Acebo, Spain ('16) and Catania, Italy ('17).

Viewing training as both research and craft, she maintains a rigorous personal practice. Among her influential experiences she counts living in Ecuador, studying at Barnard College, working with Elia Mrak, and practicing qigong with Daria Fain. Other movement influences include contemporary circus (silks and harness), blues and swing dancing, latin social dances, and NYC’s global bass dance party scene.

Originally from Peoria, Illinois, Sarah moved to New York in 2006 to attend Barnard College. She graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2010. When not dancing, she works as a User Experience Researcher, applying ethnographic research techniques to software development.

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