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 Joe's Pub, University Settlement, Brooklyn Studios for Dance, Triskelion Arts, The Kraine, Arts on Site, The Brick, Eden’s Expressway and Chez Bushwick.

She approaches performance as a way of revealing more of the self, and uses the language of improvisation as a way to foster dialogue across artistic disciplines. Her current performance projects include ∞therside collective, an international improvisation collective of which she is a founding member; ¡Spontaneous Combustion!, an all-improvised performance party series on her homemade rooftop dance floor, and Songs Stuck in My Body, her touring dance-theater solo show. Read her artist statement.

Viewing training as both research and craft, she maintains a rigorous personal practice and frequently teaches workshops and classes to both nationally and internationally to all types of adult students.

Sarah has taught contemporary floorwork and improvisation classes in Italy, Greece, at the National Ballet of Ecuador, at Princeton University and throughout New York City at Chez Bushwick, Mark Morris, Gibney Dance, Abrons Arts Center and Brooklyn Studios for Dance. In she founded Floor Friends, a training network and platform through which she curated and produced 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. 


She has been a company member for Andre Zachery/Renegade Performance Group, Sydnie L. Mosley Dances, and Jody Sperling/Time Lapse Dance. She is a longtime student of Daria Fain and has studied extensively with David Zambrano, whose work greatly influences her teaching and approach to performance. 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). She has also worked with David in Brussels, Deltebre and New York City.


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. She can also be found sharing her love of honest food and the social connections it fosters through her volunteering with Local Roots.