Keywords: Sarah Morrison, SarahR.Morrison,MorrisonDance, Westminster, Case Western Reserve University, Sarah Smith, Atlanta, Cleveland
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MORRISONDANCE

Sarah Morrison (artistic/executive director) began dancing in 1980 at the Lee Harper and Dancer's studio in Atlanta, Georgia (after a brief introduction with the Atlanta Ballet). In 1991, she became a company member and teacher with Lee Harper & Dancer's, and performed with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra directed by Yoel Levi, and conducted by George Hanson. From 1988-1992, she created for JUST US, founded by Jan Duffy to provide performing opportunities for young choreographers, and in 1992, Case Western Reserve University awarded Morrison with a four-year Creative Achievement Scholarship for her choreography. After four years at Case, Morrison graduated summa cum laude with an MA in Psychology and a BA Theater Arts under the direction of Kelly Holt and Kathryn Karipides, and a minor in biology. She continues to consult with the university, where she contributes to Perception research led by Dr. Grover C. Gilmore, and funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Immediately following her graduation, in the 1996-1997 season, Morrison interned with VERB (fka: Repertory Project) and performed in David Dorfman's KILTER at the Aranoff Center in Columbus, OH. She was additionally invited to "play" with PILOBOLUS in their creation of a new work in Washington, CT, following her assistance with THE URBAN NUTCRACKER directed by Bill Wade and Alison Chase, co-director of PILOBOLUS, and recently worked with Basil Twist and his puppets in a presentation by RED {an orchestra}.

Morrison has brought dance to alternative settings with LEAPING INTO THE NET! (the first modern dance performance broadcast live online, CPT 1997); INSIDE, a groundbreaking performance featuring live brainwave projections; ERIE SIRENS, a collaboration with artist Scott Radke, supported in part by the Puffin Foundation; and LEAF & LIMB, a botanical dance tour co-created with Joan Meggitt. Her choreography has additionally been included in VISIONS IN MOTION, a shared presentation with the Susan Edwards Dance Project; THE DANCENOW/NYC festival (Joyce Theatre in SoHo); FOOD FOR THOUGHT, directed by Gina Gibney, and sponsored by DanceCleveland and CSU, with major support from the Ohio Arts Council; 48 HOURS OF MAKING ART at Lake Erie College; THE ICARUS PROJECT, directed by Sabatino Verlezza and presented by the Cleveland Dancing Wheels, and at various galleries, museums, and universities. Internationally, she has performed her work in Italy with Pro/Danza Italia and Mexico with the International American Choreographer's Showcase.

Morrison has taught at Case, University of Akron, Cuyahoga Community College, Notre Dame College, Capital University, and Universid de Veracruzana. Additionally she has taught for the Beck Center for the Arts, Dancing Wheels, Lisa Wilhelm Academy of Dance, and the YWCA Early Learning Center, in addition to many other schools and community centers throughout Northeast Ohio.

Morrison's choreography has been supported by the Ohio Arts Council, Neighborhood Connections (a program of the Cleveland Foundation), and The Puffin Foundation. Her collaboration with playwright, Christopher Johnston, received proclamations from the State of Ohio, the County of Cuyahoga, and the City of Cleveland, recognizing their commitment to enhancing the lives of Ohio Citizens through the arts. Additionally, Morrison and Johnston received honorable mention in the 2007 Northern Ohio Live Awards of Achievement for The Mad Mask Maker of Maigh Eo.

The seed for Sarah's love and dedication to dance was planted during her positive and creative experience as a child with teachers Jan Duffy and Lee Harper in Atlanta, GA. In her growing years, Sarah often felt that she had two sets of parents, her family parents and her dance parents. As a dance educator, much of her creative and encouraging teaching style still comes from her memories of being allowed to make up her own dances with scarves when she was six years old, following the "necessary warm-up," - of course! It was through the joy of dancing freely that Sarah discovered the insatiable desire to expand her training and technical experience. Her philosophy as a teacher and choreographer follows her experience as a student: to share the joy and freedom of dance, so that the desire for technical virtuosity grows within the student, transforming the teacher into a guide for the student's self-discovery of body, mind, and creative expression.

Sarah currently resides in the artistic neighborhood of Tremont in Cleveland, OH, with her husband, Scott Radke, their daughter, Isabella.

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