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Sarah Butler

Sarah is a freelance dance and theatre artist based in South Derbyshire. She has extensive experience working as a multi-skilled performer and maker across dance, theatre and puppetry. Being part of devised work, with a strong collaborative approach is a particular interest, as well as performing outdoors and in unusual spaces and places. Sarah is currently touring Autin Dance Theatre’s stunning outdoor work, Out of the Deep Blue as a dancer/puppeteer. She is rehearsal director for the wonderful Spiltmilk Dance, as well as a choreographic mentor for their ambitious community dance project, It’s Your Move and has recently become a Dance Ambassador for NDCWales.

Career highlights include three years touring Tell Tale Hearts’ beautifully quirky dance theatre piece Yummm! nationally and internationally, devising and performing in the outdoor works Gift by Beautiful Creatures and the wonderfully dark The Quiet by Glasshouse Dance and a national rural tour of the hilarious Blast from the Past with Spiltmilk Dance. Sarah has also performed and toured nationally and internationally with Coreo Cymru/ Wales Millenium Centre, The Gramophones, Birmingham Opera Company and Katie Green.

For several years she has lectured at Derby University, specialising in Physical Theatre and from 2022 will become an Associate lecturer at Lincoln University teaching on the MA degree. Since 2018, Sarah has been a steering group member for East Midlands Dance Artist Network (EMDAN). Through the network and with support from Dance4, she has successfully organised Contemporary Classes across Nottingham, Derby and Lincoln, both online and in-person, and regularly leads Open Contemporary Class in Nottingham and Derby.

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