Sarah Todd Emery
Sarah is artistic director of Watershed Dance Theatre. Her choreography has been set on various companies and schools in the United States including Canton Ballet, Delaware Dance Company, Episcopal School of Jacksonville, Open Door Studios and Moving Poets Charlotte. Sarah was the project tier recipient of the Choreography Connection Award through Regional Dance America’s Choreographer Intensive 2017. She has had the privilege of assisting in the staging of Martha Graham’s 1935 ballet, Panorama, under Kim Jones, former Martha Graham dancer. Sarah has taught ballet and contemporary dance for many schools over the past 20 years including Atlanta Ballet, Charlotte Ballet, Open Door Studios and Ponte Vedra Ballet and Dance Company.
The majority of her professional dance career was with the contemporary and multi-disciplinary dance company, Moving Poets Theatre of Dance. Sarah was a principal dancer with Moving Poets from 1998-2006 under the direction of Till Schmidt-Rimpler and was brought on as co-artistic director from 2013-2015. Greatly influenced by the Moving Poets’ multi-disciplinary works, artist collaboration is frequently at the core of her work. In addition to the Moving Poets, Sarah’s professional career includes North Carolina Dance Theatre (now Charlotte Ballet), Tulsa Ballet Theatre, Omaha Theatre Ballet, Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance, Alban Elved Dance Company and Echo Contemporary Dance Company.
Sarah received her training from the North Carolina School of the Arts (now UNCSA) and studied under Balanchine prima ballerina, Melissa Hayden. She has studied with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane summer intensive, American Dance Festival, Boston Ballet, Hungarian National Ballet in Budapest, Tidewater Ballet Association, The Governor’s School for the Arts and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet.
Sarah also works as a graphic designer and received her BFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design.