Sarah Farnsley

Sarah is a choreographer, dancer, and passionate dancers’ rights activist. She holds a BFA in Dance Performance from Butler University and an MA in Dance Politics & Sociology from the University of Roehampton in London. Sarah began her dance career in the US, performing with the Louisville Ballet, Ballet Memphis, Chicago Repertory Ballet, Aerial Dance Chicago, Esoteric Dance Project, and Elements Contemporary Ballet. She was a guest artist with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal for 3

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About My Work:

As a choreographer, I create landscapes. I prefer working on large groups, exploring the way different bodies perform the same steps. I push for complete synchronization among my dancers, so their individual physical differences and nuances are highlighted. My work is highly detailed and musical, with a strong emphasis on classical modern technique (even when women are en pointe). I focus intensively on the architecture of a piece; I want to see patterns being made on the floor with the steps themselves as secondary. Whenever possible I prefer to collaborate with a musician who can create alongside me as the piece is developed, allowing me to create richer and more dynamic pieces by incorporating their musical interpretation of the piece’s themes and ideas. My first dance film, Absolution, was made in collaboration with Indianapolis producer Bryan Boyd, local musicians Caleigh Kilijonienė & Viktoras Kilijonas, and the dancers of Ballet Theatre of Indiana.

I’m currently working to develop and expand my identity as a dancer advocate, focusing specifically on improving the experiences and working conditions of female dance artists. I also teach pre-professional ballet for Ballet Theatre of Carmel and am coaching & choreographing for the Youth America Grand Prix competition 2023.


BFA in Dance Performance, minor in French, cum laude, Butler University

MA Dance Politics & Sociology, University of Roehampton


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  • Credit: Ballerina Project UK


  • Sarah Farnsley - Choreographic Excerpts


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