Sarah M. Nemecek is a dance educator with 15 years teaching experience in the collegiate setting. She enjoys teaching various levels of contemporary, ballet, improvisation, choreography and somatics. Her classes emphasize discovery while acquiring movement clarity and versatility. Her choreographic interests for traditional as well as alternative spaces/ camera, prominently use collaboration as well as structured improvisation in her process.
Sarah’s recent works and performances have advocated for issues of sustainability and social justice. Her research has been presented at IADMS, and published in the Journal of Dance Education, with both looking to the dance classroom as a fertile laboratory for scientific and somatic inquiry. Sarah has been involved in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning community at Lane Community College, and has been active with creating OER materials for dance class curriculum. In 2014 she completed Dr. Frank Wildman’s 4 year training to become a Guild Certified Practitioner of the Feldenkrais Method® (Awareness Through Movement® and Functional Integration®) to add to a Pilates certification she has held since 2002.
Sarah has an MFA in Dance from the University of Oregon, and a B.S. in Kinesiological Sciences from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. She enjoys pushing her range as a performer, dancing in works spanning in style from Ernesta Corvino, to John Malashock, to Harrison McEldowney. Sarah was a juror for the 2016 and 2017 NorthWest Screendance Exhibitions. Sarah continues to perform and present choreographic work in our community, valuing engagement with the local arts scene as a vital part of community development.