Contemporary Program | Artist Faculty
An Atlanta, GA native, Sarah Hillmer has dedicated over 17 years to the professional dance world as a dancer, assistant to choreographers, ballet master, stager, educator, and creator. Her company credits include the Atlanta Ballet, glo-as a founding member, and staibdance. During Sarah’s tenure as Ballet Master for Atlanta Ballet, she worked alongside world-renowned figures in the ballet world, and coached dancers in seminal works by Ohad Naharin, Jiří Kylián, Wayne McGregor, Gustavo Ramírez Sansano, John McFall, Helgi Tomasson, Gemma Bond, Craig Davidson, Ricardo Amarante, and Yuri Possokhov. It was also during her time at the Atlanta Ballet, that ongoing artistic relationships with Twyla Tharp and Helen Pickett were forged. Sarah was instrumental in the building of their full-length ballets and continues to stage their work globally. Sarah’s work as a stager and assistant have taken her to the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Oklahoma City Ballet, Smuin Ballet, New York Theatre Ballet, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Alberta Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet and Scottish Ballet. In 2017, Sarah formed ImmerseATL, a contemporary dance training platform designed to serve as a bridge between the pre-professional and professional world of dance. ImmerseATL provides classes, mentorships, performance opportunities, and professional connections for its artists. Sarah is an active member of the Atlanta dance scene, serving as a guest teacher and choreographer for universities and dance schools. Sarah creates original works for ImmerseATL and has been commissioned to create work for Atlanta Ballet’s Wabi Sabi, Backside of the Tent Productions, and Emory Dance Company. Currently, Sarah is collaborating with George Staib on his newest work for staibdance titled fence, funded by a grant from the New England Foundation for the Arts National Dance Project. In August 2019 Sarah stepped into the role of Managing Director for staibdance and is thrilled to be part of leading this extraordinary organization forward. Visit sarahjhillmer.com for more information.