Classification: PT Credit Instructor
As a dance artist, educator and choreographer, Sarah Ebert calls the Pacific Northwest home after growing up in the Midwest. Upon graduating from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a B.F.A. in dance, she moved to Chicago, Illinois where she danced professionally with wonderslamdance under the direction of Asimina Chremos, and with Hedwig Dances under the direction of Jan Bartoszek. She also worked with numerous independent choreographers there, including Lisa Wymore and Bob Eisen.
Ebert came to Oregon to pursue an M.F.A. in dance at the University of Oregon in Eugene where her husband, composer Christian Cherry, is the Music Director of the Department of Dance. Her research focused on the role of the dancer in bringing a work of art to life and resulted in an evening of solo performance. The concert included original works created specifically for Ebert by Portland choreographers Linda K. Johnson and Mary Oslund, and featured Ebert’s performance of Yvonne Rainer’s Trio A, which is now considered the seminal work of post-modern dance. She continues to perform for a variety of choreographers in Eugene, including Shannon Mockli, Brad Garner, and Alito Alessi’s DanceAbility International.
As an educator, Ebert has taught modern, ballet, jazz, and hip-hop dance classes at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Robert Morris College in Chicago, Lane Community College, and the University of Oregon, where she is currently an Instructor in the School of Music and Dance. She is also faculty at the Eugene Ballet Academy, where she directs the modern dance curriculum. Ebert choreographs regularly for the Eugene Youth Ballet, and has been commissioned by the Eugene Ballet Company, Columbia Dance in Vancouver, Washington and the University of Idaho.
Ebert is a teacher of Embodied Anatomy and Yoga, certified through the School for Body-Mind Centering©. She is currently studying to become a Somatic Movement Educator. This work informs Ebert’s somatic approach to pedagogy, and she has presented at the Dance Science and Somatics Educators conference on themes of engagement, inner authority and mutuality.