Sarah Knox is a lecturer in the Dance Studies Programme at the University of Auckland and is currently also studying for a Doctor of Philosophy investigating collaboration and creativity within choreographic education. Sarah’s other research interests include choreographic practices, in particular dancer-centeredness, as explored in her Masters degree (First Class Honours), arts leadership, pedagogy within the dance technique class, choreographic education and performance.
Sarah is a master teacher and has taught within a diverse range of recreational, community and education environments and at pre-tertiary, tertiary and professional levels. At the University of Auckland Sarah teaches a range of practical and theoretical courses including technique, choreography, safe dance practice and professional practices, and facilitates extra curricular student performances, international tours, events and learning activities.
Sarah originally trained in classical ballet and contemporary dance at the New Zealand School of Dance. Following graduation in 2001 she worked as a professional dancer for over 14 years and performed nationally and internationally for companies such as Footnote Dance, Black Grace and the New Zealand Dance Company, as well as working as a freelance artist for over 15 years. She has created her own choreographic work independently and for Footnote Dance, Tempo Dance Festival, Dance Nucleus (Singapore), The University of Auckland, New Zealand Fringe Festival and in 2017 she was the winner of the Royal New Zealand Ballet Harry Haythorne Choreographic Award.
Sarah is a Trustee on the Board of Tempo Dance festival, sits on various funding committees, and has been on the Editorial Board for DANZ Quarterly. She has been involved in organizing several international dance conferences and has published and presented her research internationally.
Sarah also regularly works as a freelance guest teacher, choreographer, mentor, advisor, reviewer, writer, and adjudicator.
Sarah Foster-Sproull is an acclaimed choreographer and master teacher of contemporary dance and choreography working in New Zealand and internationally. She is the Artistic Director of Foster Group Dance and is Creative New Zealand’s Choreographic Fellow for 2017-2019. Sarah has choreographic relationships with Footnote New Zealand Dance, The Royal New Zealand Ballet Company, Okareka Dance Company, Co3 (Perth), Tamsyn Russell (Edinburgh), Guangdong Modern Dance Conpany (China), T.H.E. (Singapore), and VOU (Fiji).
Sarah holds a Masters in Dance Studies (First Class Hons) from the University of Auckland with a focus on dancer-centred choreographic leadership. Her choreographic research traverses large scale works for up to 35 performers, to intimate performances involving one or two dancers. In 2015 she was one of five choreographers selected internationally by Crystal Pite (Kidd Pivot, Netherlands Dans Theatre, Royal Ballet) to participate in the Craft of Embodiment workshop in Banff, Canada. This year Sarah will premiere new work with the Royal New Zealand Ballet, Footnote NZ Dance and Guangdong Modern Dance Company (China). In 2019 she will tour her acclaimed choreography 'Orchids' internationally, and make new dance work in New Zealand, Australia, and Singapore.
Sarah is a master teacher of contemporary dance technique, and choreography, with 15 years tertiary teaching experience in the field. She currently teaches on faculty at the University of Auckland and Unitec Performing and Screen Arts, she is also a guest teacher / choreographer and member of the Professional Advisory Panel at The New Zealand School of Dance, where she is a distinguished graduate.