Each month we will highlight a new teacher and use a Q & A format so you can hear their answers to our intriguing and informative questions.
This month we profile: Sara Karimi.
Degree: Double major– BFA in Dance, BA in English from the University of Iowa
Teaching Experience: First year teaching at PSOD, teaching dance for four years
Classes Teaches at PSOD: Creative, ballet, tap, jazz, pre-performing arts, and sacred dance
What is your favorite style of dance?
I have two! Modern dance is great because it varies so much and can be so invigorating. Rolling on the ground, doing handstands, leaping through the air; there’s something very liberating in being able to do all that. But I can’t pass up an energetic musical theater number. These are so much fun to perform that the audience can’t help but dance a little. Anything with Gene Kelly is always a treat to watch.
Where is the coolest place you have ever performed?
I lived in Colorado for a year and the dance company I was with literally performed on top of a mountain. They built a stage on the rocks, it was such high altitude that during dress rehearsal the sound system quit working so we had to scramble to find musicians. It was such a unique experience, and the view was one of a kind!
What is one thing you were taught and will always remember?
My grandfather always used to say if you have your health, you have everything. The possiblities are endless when you have your health. We take so much for granted – our ability to walk, drive, move, speak, these are all things I can do without struggling or feeling pain and it’s a lovely thing to have that.
What inspires you?
Being outside, going for a run, a walk in the woods, sitting in the sun. The world is so vast yet it’s also very simplistic – the colors, sounds, even the smell after it rains. I feel rejuvenated after being outside. My family’s unwavering support for my choices and their optimism about life is inspiring.
What brings you joy when you’re not at Prairie School of Dance?
Reading, photography, food and travel! I get so excited going to restaurants, trying new foods and experiencing new cultures. Above all, my family and friends, even though we are so spread out from coast to coast! It’s so lovely when I DO get to see them.