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THE choreographer

Sarah Mettin graduated from SUNY Purchase Dance Conservatory in 2011, with additional studies abroad in Rotterdam, Netherlands at Codarts (Rotterdamse Dans Academie).  Mettin also completed her Master's of Science in Arts Administration at Drexel University in 2020.  Mettin is passionately involved in every aspect of dance, working as an instructor, choreographer and art director. Mettin is currently the Assistant Artistic Director for Metropolitan Ballet Academy & Company, which is noted as one of the top seven ballet academies in the United States by Pointe Magazine. She had the opportunity to perform in works by prestigious choreographers including Twyla Tharp, Bill T. Jones, Merce Cunningham, Jose Limon, Kate Weare, Takehiro Ueyama, Kanji Segawa, Jessica Lang, Jonathan Royse Windham, Arantxa Sagardoy, and other artists. Mettin’s profound interest in choreography led her to create her first full-length work, Talk of Interference, in the Netherlands in 2009, which triggered Mettin’s inspiration to continue creation. Through her choreography, Mettin exposes the versatility, strength and physicality of aspiring dancers while compromising the boundaries of classical and modern technique to explore the ever-changing subtle emotions in humanity and our personal lives.  Mettin's choreography has been  performed in festivals including Jacob's Pillow Inside/Out Festival, Peridance Presents, DanceNOW at Joe’s Pub, WestFest Dance Festival, APAP, Dance Gallery Festival (Houston/NYC), Variations/Collaborations (Phila), American Dance Guild, Periapsis Music and Dance, and many others.  Mettin was invited to teach master classes at Peridance Capezio Center in New York City and Sam Houston State University in Texas.  Mettin was commissioned as the winning choreographer to collaborate with composer/pianist Jonathan Howard Katz and Periapsis Music and Dance for performances in NYC. Mettin is equally interested in creating solo work as well as ensemble pieces.  She choreographed a work on dance artist Samantha Figgins (Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater), and in 2013, was invited to return to her alma mater to set a senior repertory solo-- a very meaningful accomplishment and strong recognition of her choreographic abilities by the professors at SUNY Purchase.  After receiving this recognition, she was asked to return to set a full-length work on Purchase Dance Company for the 2014-2015 season and has been commissioned to set multiple repertory solos in the New York area. Her work for Metropolitan Ballet Company received the Outstanding Choreographer Award from Youth America Grand Prix and Regional Dance America Festival's Monticello Award- a full scholarship to study under Janis Brenner (The Juilliard School) at the National Choreography Conference. 

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