Sarah Ebert is a relative newcomer to the Pacific Northwest. Upon graduating from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, she moved to Chicago, Illinois where she danced professionally with wonderslamdance under the direction of Asimina Chremos, and with Hedwig Dances under the direction of Jan Bartoszek. She also worked with numerous independent choreographers, including Lisa Wymore and Bob Eisen.
Ebert continued her dance training through prestigious summer dance programs, including New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts Summer Dance Workshop, and the acclaimed Bates Dance Festival, held at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine.
Ebert came to Oregon to pursue an M.F.A. in dance at the University of Oregon in Eugene where her husband, composer Christian Cherry, is the Music Director of the Department of Dance. Her research focused on the role of the dancer in bringing a work of art to life and resulted in an evening of solo performance. The concert included original works created specifically for Ebert by Portland choreographers Linda K. Johnson and Mary Oslund, and featured Ebert’s performance of Yvonne Rainer’s Trio A, which is now considered the seminal work of post-modern dance.
As an educator, Ebert has taught modern, ballet, jazz and hip-hop dance classes at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Robert Morris College in Chicago, Lane Community College and the University of Oregon. She is currently faculty at the Eugene Ballet Academy as well and choreographs regularly for the Eugene Youth Ballet. Ebert is an Embodied Anatomy and Yoga teacher, certified through the School for Body-Mind Centering ®