Sarah Edgar, Associate Director of the NYBDC, is a dancer, choreographer, teacher, stage director and researcher specializing in eighteenth century performance. Based in Chicago, she is overseeing the company’s activities in the Midwest. She is the resident choreographer at the Haymarket Opera Company in Chicago, and adjunct professor in dance at Northwestern University. With The New York Baroque Dance Company, she has performed at Drottningholm Theater in Sweden, the International Händelfestspiele Göttingen (where she also acted as assistant stage director), Danspace at St. Mark’s Theater, the Guggenheim Museum, and the Potsdam Sanssouci Music Festival. From 2006-2012, she lived in Cologne, Germany and toured Europe as a freelance dancer, performing with the period dance companies in Italy, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, and France.
This season she is the stage director for Haymarket Opera’s Pimpinone, and her choreography will be performed at Herrenhausen in Hannover, Germany, in Danceworks at Northwestern, and in the spring dance concert at Saint Mary’s College. She is currently the period movement consultant for Joseph Caruana’s new work for Elements Contemporary Ballet, The Sun King, to be performed in fall 2014.
She has taught master classes in baroque dance at numerous universities in the United States and in Germany, and has given several lectures at symposia for eighteenth century performance. She holds a BFA summa cum laude in dance performance from The Ohio State University, and an MA in Tanzwissenschaft from the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln.
Edgar is also known for her New Baroque choreographies which use historical dance as a point of departure for creating modern works inspired from our rich dance heritage.