Sara Draper is a dance performer, choreographer, director, educator, collaborator, and sometimes writer. Her life long immersion in the art of dance and her versatility have allowed her to enjoy a varied career that continues to evolve. She is a native Houstonian and continues to base her life and work in Houston while also making herself available for projects across the country and beyond. She has collaborated, choreographed, and performed abroad and across the U.S.
Sara was Founding Artistic Director and choreographer of Dancepatheatre from 1999 until October 2011, when she went on sabbatical from that post and the company went into hiatus. During her years with Dancepatheatre, Sara focused on her trademark of fusing modern dance with story, word, and voice. Her interest in interdisciplinary work led her to develop several unique classes for dancers and singers that she offers as master classes, workshops, and courses. She was the Guest Movement Instructor for Houston Grand Opera Studio, where she worked for two seasons with singers on stage movement skills. For the fall 2011 semester, Sara began working at Rice University Shepherd School of Music as Movement Instructor for the Advanced Opera Studies course, which she continues in the spring, 2012.
A dance teacher for over thirty years, Sara has taught in private studios, academic settings, and for professional companies. She is currently on the adjunct dance faculty at Houston Community College Spring Branch, and she enjoys offering delightful tap dance education to adults in the community.
Sara holds a B.A. in Anthropology from University of Houston where she graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1999. She has received numerous awards and grants for her choreography and has created over fifty works dating to 1980. She writes texts for performance, some of which have been published. Sara continues to perform in her own works after years dancing in modern dance companies, in operas, and in commercial work.
- Training modern dancers and opera singers for interdisciplinary performance
- Choreographing new operas
- Collaborating with artists of various disciplines to create new interdisciplinary works
- Collaborating with opera composers and directors to create original operas and dance-operas
- Fusing modern dance with traditional and ethnic dance styles
- Writing text for performance
- Performing dance and spoken word
- Offering delightful tap dance education to adults in the community.