Photograph by Matteo Servente
Dance Makers Workshop is a vehicle for the generation, development, and support of movement and creativity in relationship to Mother Earth.
Meet the Founders...
Sarah Ledbetter is a multidisciplinary movement artist whose primary aim is to open spaces for embodied conversation. Drawing from dances of West Africa, vinyasa yoga, studies in Contact Improvisation, Axis Syllabus, and quote unquote Classical Ballet, Sarah approaches dance-making, teaching and facilitation with an eye for empowering movers' diverse choices and holding space for the magic that happens when the dance is shared. Her performance work engages the intersection between visceral awareness and intellectual rigor using improvisation, text, and the collaborative research of her cast and crew. Sarah recently facilitated the Delta Arts Aesthetic Education Institute's Dance Residency in West Memphis and is the creator of M.Dance, a hub for Memphis' burgeoning over- and under-ground dance community.
Sarah's work has been presented nationally and internationally at the Berlin Festival of Black Cinema, Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema in Boulder Colorado, at Earthdance's E|MERGE Interdisciplinary Arts Residency, on the streets of Memphis for the Second Line Funeral for Reproductive Rights, and this summer at the Body Mind Centering Association's North American Conference at Reed College in Portland, Oregon. She is the cofounder alongside Bethany Wells Bak of the Dance Makers Workshop, a vehicle for the generation, development, and support of new dance material in a community setting. Sarah's creative process has been largely influenced by time spent studying improvisational Butoh with Min Tanaka at the Body Weather Farm, She is a graduate summa cum laude in Performance Studies from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois where she was the recipient of the Struble Scholarship for Excellence in Performance Studies.
At present, Ledbetter is joined by fellow dance makers Steven Prince Tate, Kenneth Johnson, and Kristen Osborne-Lucas as well as visual artist Carol Sams in the creation of QUARTET: FOUR OUT OF SIX, a live improvisation that engages identity, transformation, and Mother Earth. The fruit of this collaboration will be adapted for the screen, to be shot this January, and released in May of 2018.