Sarah Elizabeth Stanley

sarah elizabeth stanley

Movement Artist


Sarah Elizabeth Stanley was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona and resides in Los Angeles, California. Currently, she is a Dance MFA candidate at California State University, Long Beach.


Sarah founded the TIMES TWO Dance Collective in 2019 with creative partner Brynn Bodair. She has previously performed with DIAVOLO and The Assembly.

She is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, where she studied history, screenwriting, and dance under the direction of Sara Rudner and John Jasperse.

She has attended the American Dance Festival, The Ailey School, and the Taylor School, among others, and has performed works by Alvin Ailey, Merce Cunningham, Martha Graham, Bill T. Jones, José Limón, and Paul Taylor.

Sarah was a Taylor School scholarship student for five years. She was the founding senior member of the Paul Taylor Teen Ensemble, where she served as assistant to director Raegan Wood for the 2012-2013 tour season.

Sarah completed the Broadway Dance Center Training Program with a Certificate of Excellence. Her commercial credits include a feature in the September 2017 issue of Dance Spirit magazine and an appearance in the viral campaign Pantsuit Power for Hillary Clinton 2016.

As a freelance artist, Sarah has performed at the Valley Performing Arts Center, The Metropolitan Museum, Lincoln Center Festival, Lincoln Center Global Exchange, and Spoleto Festival USA.





DIAVOLO | Architecture in Motion

DIAVOLO 2 member

The Assembly Dance


Paul Taylor Teen Ensemble, The Taylor School

2012 - 2013 Tour season



DIavolo | architecture in motion

Limón Dance company - Limón West

The Ailey School

The Cunningham School

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company

Heidi Duckler Dance Theater

The American Dance Festival



Path of Miracles

Spoleto Festival USA

Pantsuit Power

HRC 2016

Paradise Interrupted

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Lincoln Center Festival, spoleto festival usa


California State University, Long Beach, DANCE MFA CANDIDAte ’21

Sarah Lawrence College, BA ’17, DANCE AND HISTORY

San Diego State University, Grant Writing Certificate ’19


A Note

on process and change

I find myself in critical state of recalibration, a moment on my artistic timeline that is markedly unlike any other change I have experienced.

For the first time in my life, the only expectations I have to meet are my own. One never truly stops being a student, but there is a shift in ownership of ideas and expression. I am now dancing and making for me.

While I appreciate and continue to choreograph using line, form, and classical techniques, I am no longer interested in being pretty, light, lithe, or thin. I have struggled with and oftentimes failed to meet the expectations of how a female body should take up space. Ugly is ugly. Heavy is heavy. I am these things too. Moreover, I am not interested in making the ugly appear beautiful. Ugly is ugly. Let women be ugly. Let’s get comfortable with being ugly and heavy and harsh and grotesque.

It is in the wake of Paul Taylor's death that I am faced with questions of identity in addition to confronting long-held ideas of bodily aesthetic. I spent the better part of five formative years at The Taylor School. I am taking this time to examine my own impulses, and determine what is genuine and organic and what is practiced or borrowed.

I feel as though I am looking in two directions at once; oscillating between honoring my past and unflinchingly pushing, crashing, flying into the future. I am constantly moving, but where am I going?

Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties. So, let's go.

- S.E.S.



She was accepted to the Dance MFA program at California State University, Long Beach. Additionally, she will be joining the faculty as a lecturer/graduate assistant.

Sarah joined DIAVOLO | Architecture in Motion as a dancer in the second company, The Diavolo Institute.

She competed at the inaugural Dance Prix de New York on scholarship. She was selected as a finalist in the contemporary division, where she was awarded scholarships to train with David Dorfman Dance and the Limón Dance Company.

Sarah performed at Spoleto Festival USA in John La Bouchardière’s Path of Miracles.

Sarah’s company, the Times Two Dance Collective, created and premiered fold. while in residence at Brockus Project Studios.


Sarah performed with The Assembly in The SHORELINE PROJECT, a multi-disciplinary performance piece, directed by Elizabeth Turks for the Laguna Art Museum.

She went on tour in Santa Barbara with a self-choreographed solo inspired by Sheldon Whitehouse (D - RI) and his climate change initiative. Jon Lloyd composed an original work, which included some of Whitehouse’s speeches in the score.

She joined the cast of DIAVOLO’s 50/50, a work commissioned for the LA Philharmonic centennial celebration.

Sarah and Brynn created a piece for the 10 Hour Bach Marathon in Los Angeles Union Station, commemorating Bach’s 333rd birthday.


She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College with a BA in Dance and History and presented her senior thesis, F R O M D U S T.

Sarah performed with DIAVOLO in their 25-year anniversary celebration. She was a featured soloist in A.W.O.L., as well as a cast member in the new creation Water Dance.

Sarah was featured in the September issue/college edition of Dance Spirit magazine.