Sarah Todd Emery
Sarah is artistic director of Watershed Dance Theatre. Her choreography has been set on various companies and schools in the United States including Canton Ballet, Delaware Dance Company, Episcopal School of Jacksonville, Open Door Studios and Moving Poets Charlotte. Most recently, Sarah created a new work in collaboration with Dance Canvas and The Georgia Ballet. Sarah was the project tier recipient of the Choreography Connection Award through Regional Dance America’s Choreographer Intensive 2017. She has had the privilege of assisting in the staging of Martha Graham’s 1935 ballet, Panorama, under Kim Jones, former Martha Graham dancer. Sarah has taught ballet and contemporary dance for many schools over the past 20 years including Atlanta Ballet, Charlotte Ballet, Open Door Studios and Ponte Vedra Ballet and Dance Company.
The majority of her professional dance career was with the contemporary and multi-disciplinary dance company, Moving Poets Theatre of Dance in Charlotte, NC. Sarah danced many lead roles over her eight years with the Moving Poets including Mina (Dracula), Salome (Salome) and the Black Swan (Fowl Play, Moving Poets’ version of Swan Lake). During the company’s six-year hiatus from Charlotte to Berlin, Sarah was invited to serve as artistic director of Moving Poets and revitalize the company in Charlotte from 2012-2015. In addition to the Moving Poets, Sarah’s professional career includes North Carolina Dance Theatre (now Charlotte Ballet), Tulsa Ballet Theatre, Omaha Theatre Ballet, Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance, Alban Elved Dance Company and Echo Contemporary Dance Company.
Sarah’s studies started in Norfolk, VA with the Tidewater Ballet Association and The Governor’s School for the Arts. She later received her high school diploma in dance from the North Carolina School of the Arts (now UNCSA) where studied for three years under Balanchine prima ballerina, Melissa Hayden. Her summer studies include the Boston Ballet, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Hungarian National Ballet in Budapest, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane and the American Dance Festival.