Zehnder Dance

Artist / Creative (Individual)

SARAH ZEHNDER (she/her) is a Massachusetts-based dance artist. Her choreographic research, rooted in feminism, aims to challenge, question, empower, and surprise through the power of the moving body, forming relationships that evoke emotion and attention to women's experiences. Zehnder’s choreographic work has been produced internationally, performing in such prestigious festivals as Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out, Reverb International Dance Festival, Florence Summer Dance (Florence, Italy), Pasadena Dance Festival, DUMBO Dance Festival, the Solo/Duo Festival, the MAD Festival, Midwest Regional Alternative Dance Festival, the Women in Dance Project (New York City and Chicago), the Evening of Contemporary Dance Performance Series (NYC), Utica Dance Festival, and Buffalo Dance festival. Her work has been presented at Dixon Place, Ailey Citigroup Theatre, Manhattan Movement and Arts Center, Gowanus Arts, Triskelion Arts, 92nd Y, Greenspace, and the Center for Performance Research (CPR). Subsequently, she was awarded the Bossak/Heibron Charitable Foundation grant to support her research as well as a space residency at Chen Dance Center. Zehnder was also awarded the Appleton Grant as well as a Choreographic Fellowship from Mass Cultural Council to support the creation Permeating Voices that Linger, in collaboration with composer/vocalist Alexandra Ludwig. Most recently, she was awarded a Research Fellowship through the Jacob's Pillow College Partnership Program for 2023-2024 to support her feminist research. Furthermore, she has shared her choreographic vision as a Guest Artist at Dance New Amsterdam, Gibney Dance Center, Steps on Broadway, Santa Monica College, Grand Canyon University, Scottsdale Community College, SUNY Brockport, Glendale Community College and Queens College. Zehnder currently serves as director of dance at Springfield College.


Primary Discipline

Dance - Modern / Contemporary

Additional Disciplines

Dance - General
Dance - Hip Hop
Dance - Jazz


Arts for Social Change / Creative Activism
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Public Art Projects (In Free, Public Spaces)
Residency - Other
Curriculum Development
Residency - In School
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Residency - Production / Development
Performance / Concert / Reading
Residency - Community
Community Arts

Additional Information

  • Year founded: 2010
  • Is a Teaching Artist
  • Is a Touring Artist
  • Approx. 5 events per year
  • Geographic Reach: City/Town-wide, County-wide, Surrounding Counties/Region, State-wide, Surrounding States/Region, Nationally, Internationally
  • Seasons active: Year round