sarah koekkoek is an independent dance artist, choreographer and trauma informed educator based in Toronto/Tkarón:to. After receiving classical ballet training from The Royal Winnipeg Ballet School sarah went on to perform with some of Canada's largest ballet companies (Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Ballet Jorgen and The Royal Winnipeg Ballet). sarah believes that ballet is NOT the foundation of all dance and is acting to uphold anatomically personal sound and safe ballet practices in the classes she teaches. This means focusing more on energy distribution and less on aesthetic “ideals”. sarah continues to study movement and choreography through experimental movement exploration and participating in residencies at Banning Bouldins Nashville company New Dialect, The Banff Centre of the Arts where she worked with Gabrielle Lamb, Eric Beauchesne (Kidd Pivot), Toer Von Schayk, Merrill Ashley and dancers from Sharon Eyals L.E.V.. Also working as a dancer for Jasmyn Fyffe in the New Blue Festival, Valance Movement (Jamee Valin), IO Movement (Lauren Runions) as well as visual artists Maryanne Casasanta and Camille Rojas. sarah is also a Licensed Provider of the Fletchers Pilates Method since 2014.