BRING AND/OR BE A BEGINNER CLASS TAUGHT BY SARAH JACOBS STARTS SOON AFTER 6:30PM LASTING ONE HOUR. THE OPEN DANCE JAM CONTINUES TILL 9:00PM
The Bring (or Be) a Beginner Night takes place once every month at the Los Angeles – Santa Monica Contact Improvisation Dance Jam, at which beginners are especially encouraged to attend and we start the evening with a class/warmup suitable for all levels.
Sarah Jacobs took her first Contact Improvisation class at age 16 with Nancy Stark Smith. Five years later, while a student at Carleton College, she began studying contact in earnest, and in the intervening decade has criss-crossed from Minneapolis to Pennsylvania to San Francisco to Berlin to workshop and jam. Her approach to teaching is influenced by Nancy Stark Smith, Martin Keogh and Jane Shockley. Her teaching also draws upon a range of somatic practices, particularly BMC. Building on ten years of study, Sarah is currently training as a certified Somatic Movement Educator with the School for Body Mind Centering.
In addition to CI, Sarah teaches improvisation, modern/postmodern dance technique, composition, and arts pedagogy. She has worked with ages two through adult in a range of community and academic programs. Most recently, Sarah taught full time at a public, conservatory arts high school, and as a teaching artist in a state-run professional development program, training k-12 teachers to integrate movement into their varied curricula.
As a choreographer, Sarah’s work is noted for its humor, theatricality, and specificity to performers and site. She was a founding member of the RAW Dance Collective, a Minneapolis-based ensemble specializing in site-specific structured improvisations. Her work as a performer ranges broadly across dance and physical theater. Sarah moved from Minnesota to Los Angeles last fall in order to pursue her MFA in the Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance at UCLA.
She is an avid bicycle commuter.