Sarah Schafer



Sarah Schafer, born and raised in Omaha, NE, began her training on scholarship at The School of Ballet Omaha with Robin Welch and Robert Vickrey. She later went on to train with such notable teachers as Jillana, Larry and Dolores Long, and Birute Barodicaite. Beginning her professional career as a dancer with Ballet Omaha at the age of 17, she danced works by Balanchine, Lou Christiansen, Mauricio Wainrot, and Charles Moulton, among others. After moving to Chicago in 1996, she continued her career dancing in Ruth Page’s “Nutcracker”, and with companies such as Paul Abrahamson’s Moose Project, Luna Negra Dance Theater, The Civic Ballet of Chicago, and Alma Dance Company. Sarah has also danced for the Dallas Opera, Omaha Theater Ballet, most recently with the Lyric Opera of Chicago. In 2003 she choreographed “Momentum is a Vector” for the Omaha Theater Ballet. Having taught ballet for many years, Sarah also became a certified Pilates instructor in 2004. Sarah’s teaching credits include Chicago Conservatory for the Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, Columbia College Chicago, Lou Conte’s Dance Studio, The Ruth Page Foundation, Visceral Dance Studio and Chicago Ballet Arts. Since 2002, Sarah has spent her summers in Taos Ski Valley, NM, teaching for the Jillana School Summer Intensive and Technique In Taos. She is very happy to be joining the staff of the Joffrey Academy of Dance.

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