Sarah Mortenson, originally from Manhattan, Kansas is a Minneapolis-based dancer, choreographer, and Pilates instructor who came to the Twin Cities to pursue a BFA in Dance at the University of Minnesota in 2013. While at the U of M, she performed works by Angharad Davies, Carl Flink, Penny Freeh, Martha Graham, Maya Gurantz, and Joanie Smith. Sarah currently dances for two Minneapolis-based companies, Contempo Physical Dance and Alternative Motion Project, and always looks for opportunities to create her own work. Born into a family of musicians, Sarah is also a classically-trained violinist, which has inevitably influenced the musicality in her creative process. This past spring, Sarah devoted the remainder of her college career producing her senior thesis show, “Are you having fun?” which premiered at the James Sewell Ballet Tek Box in April 2017. In the making of her work, Sarah explores aspects of her experiences growing up, considering things like friendship, community, conformity, judgment, aloneness, openheartedness, your “inner weird,” and sharing your weird with the world. At the foundation of her work, Sarah places a deep value on accessibility, finding it crucial to make work that can appeal to audiences who come from all intellectual and artistic backgrounds.


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