Sarah Crowell is a retired professional modern, jazz and hip hop dancer, who has taught award-winning movement, theater, violence prevention, arts integration and cultural humility programs for 30 years both nationally and through Destiny Arts Center where she serves as the Artistic Director.
Sarah believes that the arts are an essential component of the journey to social justice, especially art forms that involve moving the body. She believes that movement must be part of all movements for social change.
In addition to her work teaching dance, theatre and violence prevention to youth and educators locally and nationally in schools and community centres, Sarah has performed and toured nationally with modern, jazz and dance/theatre companies in Boston and the Bay Area, including Impulse Jazz Dance Company and the Dance Brigade, between 1984 and 2000. She also directed and performed with the dance/theatre company i am! Productions between 1994 and 2002.
Sarah received nine California Arts Council Artist in Residency grants for her work at Destiny Arts and a National Endowment for the Arts grant to author a curriculum guide for artists working with teens called Youth on the Move: a teacher’s guidebook to co-creating original movement/theatre performances with teens. Sarah was the recipient of 2006 Purple Moon DreamSpeakers award, the 2007 KPFA peace award, the 2011 KPFA Women’s History Month Local Hero award, the 2013 Bay Area Dance Week Dancer’s Choice award, and the 2015 Alameda County Arts Leadership award. In 2016, Sarah was inducted into the Alameda County Women’s Hall of Fame and was part of the YBCA 100, a list of visionaries assembled annually by the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Sarah has also been a finalist for a Tony Award for Excellence in Theatre Education.