Sarah Carlson

“Carlson’s dancing is focused and articulate.

Her performance is the most fully realized of the evening.”

–Chris Dohse, The Dance Insider


Sarah Carlson is the Founder & Artistic Director of DanceLink which seeks to bridge people, ideas & understanding through movement. Sarah danced professionally for 10 years in NYC with numerous companies including Alexandra Beller/Dances, Brian Brooks Moving Company, Clare Byrne Dance, Paul Mosley Dance and the Metropolitan Opera Ballet.  As an independent choreographer, her own work has been presented throughout the US at venues such as the Joyce Soho in NYC, On the Boards in Seattle, and The Yard on Martha’s Vineyard as well as in Benin, Africa. Sarah is a co-director of the Lehigh Valley Dance Exchange & the editor of the Lehigh Valley Dance in Review. Sarah has been on the dance faculty at Muhlenberg College, Cedar Crest College, DeSales University and the University of Southern Mississippi. In 2007, she completed a Fulbright Grant studying Vodou ritual dance in Benin, Africa furthering an on-going inquiry into sacred dance forms. In 2008, Sarah founded DANCELINK to promote community and communicate profoundly through the multi-dimensional instrument of the body. Sarah received a BA in French and European Studies from Connecticut College and an MFA in Dance from the University of Washington.

Artist Statement:

Dance is a form of expression that transcends the boundaries of verbal language.  Bodily movement contains a visceral poignancy that triggers our kinesthetic, intellectual and emotional selves.

In my teaching, I encourage a holistic approach by focusing on physical exploration, somatic discovery and self expression. Recognizing how our bodies can “speak” is an essential step towards discovering our own unique dance potential.

In my choreography, I strive to create content and structures that at once communicate my vision and are widely meaningful.  I enjoy the challenge of making visually interesting, multi-faceted, eminently accessible work.  Tapping into the drama of theatrical performance, my dances juxtapose modern symbolism with overarching human truths. Alternately funny, haunting or simply movement for it’s own sake, my work has been variously described as quirky, comical, witty, suspenseful, musically adept, and enticing.


Contact Info:

Sarah Carlson/DANCELINK

Repertory photos:


Sarah is a Certified Interplay®

Sarah is a co-director of the Lehigh Valley Dance Exchange.

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Current collaborators:

  1. 1. Jessi Lee Ross, singer/ songwriter

  1. 2.Marco Calderon, photographer

Inspirational Links:

1. Liz Lerman Dance Exchange

  1. 2.Wing It! Performance Ensemble

  2. 3.Doug Varone and Dancers

For Sarah’s CV:



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