2012 Solo Choreographer
Commisioned by Emile Plauché Fink
Sara Hook is a performer, choreographer, and educator. Her performance experience includes touring the world as a member of Nikolais Dance Theater and she has also been a frequent guest artist /collaborator with David Parker and The Bang Group. Her work has been produced in numerous New York City venues (including Dance Theater Workshop: Fresh Tracks, Split Stream, Family Matters Series, Dancenow/NYC's DanceMopolitan Series at Joe's Pub of the Public Theater, and the West End Theater), and throughout the United States (including recent appearances at The Modern Dance Festival at the Modern Art Museum in Ft. Worth, Texas, The Harvard Dance Center in Cambridge, MA, and the Minneapolis Fringe Festival), and in The Netherlands, Canada, Italy, Ecuador, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic. She has also toured widely as a guest artist at universities, including serving as an adjudicator in American College Dance Festival conferences.
She holds a BFA from North Carolina School of the Arts, an MFA from New York University, and is a Certified Movement Analyst from the Laban Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies. Previously she has been on the faculty at Princeton University, Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, and the Paul Taylor Summer Intensives. Currently she is Professor of Dance and the MFA Program Director at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. She is also proud to have served as a founding member of the Pink Ribbons Project, Dancers in Motion Against Breast Cancer.
In all of her roles, Hook actively promotes a synergy between the professional and academic arenas of Dance. Her aim is to contribute to the art of dance by being a good role model/citizen, to create opportunities for other dance artists, and to make work that both honors our artistic forbearers and enlivens our experience of contemporary culture.