About Dragonfly Children’s Creative Dance

The Dragonfly Mission

Dragonfly Children’s Creative Dance seeks to be a nurturing environment where all children are welcomed and encouraged to discover the joy of dance. Through developmentally focused classes Dragonfly Dance strives to engage children’s imaginations. Exploration of natural movement and relevant themes lead to discovery through the creative process. Dragonfly Dance seeks to foster inclusion and feelings of achievement and joy regardless of previous dance experience. Dragonfly Dance focuses on enjoying the process of discovery through dance!

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Sarah Ward-Brown

Founder

I love to dance!  I began dancing at the age of three and have never stopped.  One of my earliest dance memories is slowly stretching my body open as I watched a crumpled piece of cellophane unfurl like magic from my teacher’s hands.

I have studied dance and dance pedagogy extensively.  I have an MFA in Dance Choreography from Mills College in Oakland, CA and a BFA in Modern Dance from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, UT.  I am also a member of the National Dance Education Organization.

I have taught children and adults of all ages; from fairy-tale ballet to preschoolers, to inner-city Chicago high school students, to lecture demonstrations at nursing homes.  I have been an artist-in-residence in various schools throughout California and Chicago.  I have worked with a diverse population of children.  At times dance has been the only common language.  I was a company dancer with Chicago Moving Company, Repertory Company (Mills College), Performing Dance Company (University of Utah), and guest artist with Repertory Dance Theatre.  I worked with choreographers Brenda Way, Nana Shineflug, Cindy Brandle, Donna White, Kaye Richards, and Vicki Faden Millar.  I have also performed historical works by Martha Graham, Doris Humphrey, and Helen Tamiris.

I am a recent transplant to Portland.  I enjoy hiking the gorge, working in my garden, biking around the city, and knitting hats to keep me dry.  I have three daughters and understand what it is to be a busy parent.  Dragonfly is important to me because of my girls; I want to give them and others a safe and encouraging place to move and create!

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“There is a bit of insanity in dancing that does everybody a great deal of good.” ~Edwin Denby