Hi! I’m Sarah Horne. An artist, curator, arts administrator. And, an unrelenting optimist dedicated to the contemporary dance field.
I grew up in St. Croix (U.S.V.I) but I’m a“Third Culture Kid,” someone who is raised in a culture outside of their parents’ culture. My education came in many forms because of this non-traditional upbringing. Moving from country to country gave me an exposure to different movement lifestyles and has continued to inform my personal ethos as well as my artistic voice. It also affects my approach to being an arts administrator.
The first time I remember really dancing was at my middle school dance. I was with my friends in the center of the dance floor, except I was just standing there. Finally a friend said,“Sarah you have to MOVE your body”. Ha! I’ll never forget what happened after… I connected to the music, left my inhibitions behind, and felt the joy that dancing gave me. I’ll never forget that moment. I think my life purpose was locked in, in those moments.
I started my formal dance training a few years later, when I was sixteen. Fast forward a few years… my passion for choreography began at SUNY Brockport while completing my BFA in Dance. I developed a deep love for the creative process.
Another big moment was attending a large international dance festival in Vienna, Austria. The embers of my passion for arts administration were fueled when I saw artists, dancers, choreographers, and dance-lovers from all over the world, come together for one purpose – to dance and to be around dance…
In that moment I became more than an aspiring artist. I became a human motivated to advocate for the power of dance in people of all levels and abilities.
In 2011, I went to NYU to get my Master’s Degree in Performing Arts Administration. I founded RahDanceWorks that same year. Finally, I had combined my artistic passions with my interest in community development!
RahDanceWorks started out as a small dance company showcasing my choreography, curating productions and advocating for justice through movement.
This work became the baby bones of my company. Then I began to work and consult for organizations like New York City Ballet, Gibney Dance Center, and Cadenza Artists.
I realized that my unusual combination of experiences and skills gave me a unique perspective on living a life in dance. I knew I could share it with the greater community.
RahDanceWorks is continuing to grow and I hope you’ll join me on this dance train…
I will offer free content, online programs, and anything else I can think of because I want to empower you to have a sustainable life as an artist. Here’s a few reasons why:
- You deserve to have a greater connection to yourself and your community.
- You should have a long-lasting career that always involves dance.
- You value progressive and inclusive work.
- You celebrate all bodies that want to dance and be a part of the dance community.
- No matter your level or ability, you want to thrive and feel joy through dance.
RahDanceWorks provides access, information, experiences, community, and inspiration to professionals and pre-professional artists — as well as everyday dance lovers.
It takes courage to shape a positive and healthy culture in the dance industry but I am committed to you. I’m here to help empower you to find your most authentic, most creative, and most sustainable self.
Let’s get movin’,
“The purpose of RahDanceWorks is to empower you to have a greater connection to yourself and your community through dance, no matter your level or ability, so you can thrive and feel joy. “
“Moving from country to country allowed an exposure to different movement lifestyles and it has continued to inform my personal ethos as well as my artistic voice…“
“I realized that my unusual combination of experiences and skills gave me a unique perspective on living a life in dance – and that I could share that with the greater community.“