Sasha Welsh is a choreographer whose work explores states of awareness, memory and imagination, and the limitations and possibilities of the human body. Her choreography has been performed in venues such as Movement Research at the Judson Church, Fridays at Noon at the 92nd Street Y, Dance Conversations at the Flea, Dixon Place, Performance Mix at Joyce Soho, AUNTS, the INOVA galleries (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee), the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, and Studio 303 (Montreal). As a performer, Sasha has most recently collaborated with Siri Peterson and Deborah Black, and performed for Laurie Berg and Megan Byrne in New York. She also traveled to Japan to collaborate and improvise with Noriko Kato at the Aomori Contemporary Art Center.
As an educator, Sasha is passionate about teaching anatomy, somatics and dance conditioning in innovative ways that empower the next generation of dancers to move beyond the limitations of the current paradigm. She has studied anatomy and neuromuscular preparation for dance with Irene Dowd since 2005, and has participated in Dowd’s choreographic teachings as an assistant/demonstrator for Movement Research classes and teacher trainings focused on Spirals, Volutes, The Dynamic Trunk, Orbits, and The Turnout Dance among others.
Besides The University of the Arts, Sasha will be teaching at The New School and Sarah Lawrence College during the 2017-2018 year. She has also taught at DeSales University and Temple University where she earned her MFA under the direction of Merián Soto. Sasha holds a BA in dance and art from Swarthmore College, and a Professional Diploma in Dance Studies from the Laban Centre in London. Sasha is also a fully certified Pilates instructor with more than ten years of teaching experience.
For six years, Sasha hosted a performance salon known as Ulla's House in her Brooklyn apartment. Co-curated with Laurie Berg, Ulla’s House was an under-the-radar laboratory venue/event that encouraged true risk-taking and the development of experimental new projects and ideas. Ulla’s House supported the work of over 70 performing artists in various stages of their careers.