Technique/Tap. Sasha will be on maternity leave until the spring of 2013,
Sasha started taking tap and ballet classes at the age of 6 in a small dance studio in Western Maine and instantly fell in love. She continued to travel around the state of Maine to further her dance training at studios such as The Dance Center in Auburn with Elizabeth Hansen and Casco Bay Movers in Portland. At 15 she found herself at Art Moves Dance Studio taking a hip hop class. Within the next year she was taking every other class she could, dancing with the Art Moves Dance Group, and teaching.
Throughout high school she taught variant classes at local elementary schools in West Paris, South Paris, and Hartford Sumner through the Art Moves into the Schools project. On top of this she taught Tap and Hip Hop at the studio itself and created the Crew, a teen hip hop performing group that she choreographed for. She also choreographed for the High School Show Choir and drama shows.
She has spent her summers dancing at various intensives including Parsons Dance Company Summer Intensive in New York, NY, Earl Mosley Institute of the Arts in Kent, CT, Art Moves Summer Intensive in Norway, ME and Bates Dance Festival in Lewiston, ME. Through these intensives she has worked with such artists as David Parsons, Michael Foley, Shonach Mirk-Robles, Katiti King, Jennifer Archibald and Rachel List.
Sasha graduated from Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School in 2005. In January 2009 she graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Dance and minor in Psychology from Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus in New York City. There she studied with Dana Hash-Campbell, Nathan Trice, Alenka Cizmesija, Ted Levy, and Donna Uchizono among others. While at LIU she found her love for choreography, and her first piece was chosen to be shown at Dance Theater Workshop’s student choreography lab in NYC. She also choreographed and performed in LIU’s Spring and Winter concerts yearly.
In May 2010 Sasha earned her license in massage therapy from Spa Tech Institute in Westbrook and continuously incorporates what she learned there into her dance classes.
Though she loves New York City she has found that she is a Maine girl at heart and greatly appreciates Debi, the dancers, and the opportunities that have been provided for her through Art Moves.