In this master class, participants will spend the day with choreographer Sara Hook and create a movement piece they will perform for an audience that evening. No dance training is required, just a willingness to move and share ideas. Participants learn how a choreographer thinks, creatively and strategically, in order to earn trust, inspire collaboration, and shape a performance that makes the most of her cast’s individual strengths.
Sara Hook is a performer, choreographer, and professor of dance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her diverse performing career includes touring the world as a member of the Nikolais Dance Theatre and being a frequent guest artist/collaborator with David Parker and the Bang Group. Her choreography has been produced in numerous New York City venues, in 20 American states, and in the Netherlands, Canada, Italy, Ecuador, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic. She has toured widely as a guest artist and has taught at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, Princeton University, Paul Taylor Dance Company Summer Intensives, and the Bates Dance Festival. In 2010, Hook received the University of Illinois College of Fine and Applied Arts Excellence in Teaching Award.