Sarah Edgar specializes in eighteenth century stage performance. She is the stage director/choreographer of the Haymarket Opera Company in Chicago and an associate director of the New York Baroque Dance Company. Her 2013 directing debut with the Haymarket Opera Company, Telemann’s Pimpinone, was hailed by Newcity as one of the five best operas in Chicago. As a dancer with the New York Baroque Dance Company, she has performed at Drottningholm Theater in Sweden, the International Händelfestspiele Göttingen, 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 in Italy, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, and France. 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 has been an adjunct professor at DePaul University (2018), Wheaton College (2018, 2016), and Northwestern University (2014). 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.
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Get to know some of the teachers and presenters teaching dance forms from Scotland, Ireland, Quebec, Manitoba, Appalachia, Haiti, and France. With all the artists in one room, we'll get to know their traditions, learn about their influences, and see where their discussion takes them. Not to be missed!
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Dance the contra four ways with four of North America’s leading experts. This interactive presentation outlines a fascinating journey through the evolution of the French contra dance, from the court dances of Baroque France, to Métis communities in Canada, to Cuban-Haitian social dance, and then to urban communities of North America where queer and techno contras are gaining popularity. Join dancers and researchers Sarah Edgar, Jane Peck, Marcea Daiter, and Catherine Turocy for a session that highlights the history and cultural background of these dance forms, and gets you up dancing them yourselves!
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