Sarah M. Barry

Sarah M. Barry, MFA, CLMA, is an Associate Professor of dance at the University of Alabama where she teaches modern/contemporary technique, choreography and improvisation, dance pedagogy, and dance history. She is the artistic director of Yonder Contemporary Dance Company, a collective of students and faculty from the Dance Program, The School of Music, and the Department of Advertising and Public Relations. Sarah was honored to be a Leadership Board Faculty Fellow, as well as a recipient of the Alabama State Council on the Arts Individual Artist Grant. Sarah received UA’s prestigious Outstanding Commitment to Teaching Award and was the recipient of the Druid City Arts Award for Dance Educator of the Year. Sarah’s choreography has been shown across the U.S. and internationally, including performances in Sorrento, Italy, Biel, Switzerland and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She has earned numerous grants including an NEA American Masterpieces grant, which resulted in a re-staging of Jose Limon’s There is a Time for the Alabama Repertory Dance Theatre. Her work has been commissioned by the Alabama State Council on the Arts and set on professional dance company, Sanspointe. Sarah’s screendance “there, again” was selected for the Kalamata International Dance Festival, the Festival Miden in Greece and the San Francisco Dance Film Festival. Her film “so you want me always to paint flowers” was selected for the Utah Dance Film Festival and Motion Captured as part of Dance Month in Houston, TX. She directs the American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive at UA where she teaches modern, dance history, and experiential anatomy and has choreographed for their Showcase. She has been a guest artist with Alabama State University, Emory University, the Alabama Dance Festival, the American College Dance Association, the Children’s Dance Foundation, and the Alberta School of the Performing Arts. Sarah also has publications in the Journal of Dance Education, the Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters journal, and the Journal of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science. She earned her MFA in modern dance at the University of Utah along with a certification in Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analysis (CLMA) through the Integrated Movement Studies program. She also holds a BFA in dance from Sam Houston State University as well as a teaching certification in Labanotation from the Ohio State University.

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