Sarah Levitt Ramey is a choreographer, performer and teacher focused on building community through dancing and dance-making. Originally from just outside Baltimore, Maryland, Sarah moved to Columbus, OH in 2013 to pursue her MFA in Dance at The Ohio State University. Her approach to teaching and art-making is heavily influenced by her time as a dancer and choreographer with Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, a Washington, DC based intergenerational dance company whose members ranged in age from mid-20s to mid-70s. With Dance Exchange, she originated roles in new work and toured extensively with the company to perform, teach, and create dances with people of all ages and backgrounds. Highlights include teaching and choreographic residencies at the Kohler Arts Center (WI), Harvard University, and St Elizabeth’s Hospital (DC). In addition to dancing in the work of Liz Lerman, Cassie Meador, and Keith Thompson at Dance Exchange, she’s had the pleasure of working with choreographers including Ann Sofie Clemmensen, Robert Battle, Ani Javian, Gesel Mason, Bebe Miller, PearsonWidrig DanceTheater, and Samantha Speis.
Sarah’s choreographic work explores the joys and aches of life on this earth, and the longings that make us look inward and outward and upward for meaning. Her dances have been presented at venues including Dance Place (DC), The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Bealtaine Festival (Ireland), Ten Tiny Dances (OH), Columbus Dance Theatre, OhioDance Festival, Urban Arts Space, and Ohio Wesleyan University. Sarah was awarded the Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award in Choreography (2009) and Solo Performance (2010), a 2011 Local Dance Commission Project award from the Kennedy Center, a 2012 Metro DC Dance Award for Emerging Choreographer, and a 2015 Columbus Dances Fellowship. In 2015, with funding from an Albert Schweitzer Fellowship, she created a dance program for adults over 50 called In Motion, which she continues to direct.
Sarah received her BA in Dance from the University of Maryland, College Park, and her MFA in Dance from The Ohio State University. She lives (and plays music) with her husband, Steve, in North Linden. They became parents to a baby girl in October, 2018.