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Dance (MFA)

Sarah Ingel is a Charlotte, North Carolina– and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania–based dance artist and performance maker. Focusing on effort, endurance, repetition and emotional virtuosity, she practices mythmaking from a queer and feminist perspective, creating intimate and meditative environments for audiences to engage with their own experiences of authenticity, vulnerability and humanity. She is currently an MFA student at UArts and co-teaches courses for the School of Dance.


Sarah Ingel graduated from the North Carolina School of Arts in Winston-Salem with a concentration in Contemporary Dance and Composition, then earned a BA/BFA in Dance with minors in Film and Theater from Hollins University, Roanoke, Virginia, in partnership with the American Dance Festival. She has had the privilege of working with artists including Ivy Baldwin, Sidra Bell, Douglas Becker, Leah Cox, Ishmael Houston-Jones, John Jasperse, Helen Simoneau, Vanessa Voskuil and Jesse Zaritt. Ingel’s choreographic work has been showcased as a part of Charlotte Ballet’s Innovative Works and Choreographic Lab, Helen Simoneau Danse’s OnSite/InSight Festival and Charlotte BOOM Festival. 

Ingel worked behind the scenes and in the studio for eight seasons with the Charlotte Ballet, where they focused on production/rehearsal assistance and costume construction, while simultaneously creating work as an artist in residence with the Goodyear Arts Collective. Ingel is also co-director of repCLT, a Charlotte organization advocating research, exchange and performance, and co-founder/producer of ladyfestCLT, promoting femme performance makers. Founded in 2015, ladyfestCLT won Charlotte Magazine’s award for Best Dance Event of 2019 and QC Nerve’s Award for the Best Local Show of 2020.


Ingel has broad experience in the performance arts.

  • Current MFA student, University of the Arts

  • Production/rehearsal assistant, company shoe manager, assistant stage manager and costume technician, Charlotte Ballet

  • Co-founder and producer, ladyfestCLT, a Charlotte-based showcase of femme choreographers and performance artists

  • BA/BFA in Dance, Hollins University, Roanoke, Virginia

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Awards & Accolades

Ingel’s work has been recognized numerous times. 

  • Artist in residence and collective member, Goodyear Arts, 2015–present

  • Charlotte Arts and Science Council Emerging Creators Fellowship, 2021/2022

  • Queen City Nerve’s Best in the Nest Award: Best Dance Performance of 2020 for ladyfestCLT 2020

  • Charlotte Magazine Best of the Best Award: Best Dance Performance for ladyfestCLT 2019

  • Knight Foundation and National Center for Choreography Akron Scholarship for the 2019 Dance/USA Conference

Five dancers on a dimly lit stage look up and over their shoulders and their hands are placed on their heads
Sarah Hingel in a dramatic red and gray tulle costume walking backstage