Sarah Lisette Chiesa

Is an American born contemporary dance based Artist, who lived and worked for the past five years in Europe.  She attended the North Carolina School of the Arts for high school and received my Bachelor of Fine Arts from Purchase College in 2004 and a Post Graduate in Choreography from the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance in 2014.  Sarah has worked professionally freelance artist with  Kazuko HIrabayashi, Sidra Bell, Noemie LaFrance, Tania Perez-Salas, Sue Bernhard, Celia Rowlson-Hall, Stefan Dreher, Hubert Lepka, Yang Jiang, A.J. Weissbard, and Franca Ferarri.  

Ms. Chiesa was a  company member with Shen Wei Dance Arts from 2008-2013 and created 6 works as interpreter and dancer, and for whom has influenced he work and life immensely. She continues to work with Shen Wei as project based dancer.

In Collaborative Installation, I have worked with Jacopo Foggini for the Salone di Mobile in Milan in 2015.  I worked with Yuval Avital on his project Three Grades of Foreignness at the Fabbrica del Cioccolato Switzerland in 2016.  With Piergiorgio Casotti, Mario Vighi, Luciano Bosi based on the book of Photographs "Where Does the White Go", we created a performance using projections, music, and dance in 2017.  With Fabrizio Orsi the fashion photographer we combined dance and Polaroid in a short duet in a space curated by Bruno Cattani in Reggio Emilia 2018. 

As an independent artist Sarah’s choreography, installations, and films have been shown in the US at Duo Emergence Gallery Manhattan in 2007, Dumbo Dance Festival Brooklyn/White Wave in 2012, and The Widow Jane Mine Rosendale in 2016. In Springboard Danse Montreal at Mcgill University in 2004 and Usine C in 2014.  In Austria at Republic Theater in 2013.  In Santiago Chile at the Centro Cultural de La Florida in 2015.  In Italy at Spazio Gerra in 2014, Indigo Festival Luzzara in 2015, Expo Milan 2015 Teatro del Arte, Rimini Live FestivalFotografia Europea Festival and Teatro San Prospero in 2016, and CSAC Parma Museum and Mutty Gallery in Montova 2017.  In Bangalore India at Shoonya (Center for Somatic Arts) and 1Shanthiroad Studio Gallery in 2017.

Currently, she is a Predoctoral Lecturer at University Washington and MFA candidate located in Seattle, WA. 

She has guest taught contemporary dance for Aterballetto, Balletto Toscano, Liliana Cosi/ Stefanescu Scuola, Choreographic Dance at Fondazione della Danza Reggio Emilia, CIMD Milano, Shen Wei Dance Arts Summer Intensive, and University California Santa Barbara.


Tammy Carrasco

Assistant Professor of Dance at The College at Brockport, SUNY and dance artist based in Rochester, NY. Wild Beast Dance (Artistic Director) has been presented by Jennifer Mueller/The Works, Movement Research at Judson Church, Gowanus Art and Production, Greenspace, OhioDance Festival, Rochester Fringe Festival, and Philadelphia’s Performance Garage, to name a few. Most recently, Carrasco's work was selected as a finalist for the Northeast ACDA Gala. Carrasco has received support from The College at Brockport, SUNY, The Ohio State University, and The Columbus Arts Council for her work.

During the summer months, Carrasco pursues creative and teaching endeavors. She has taught as Lead Dance Instructor for North Carolina Governor's School East for two, consecutive summers, and worked at American Dance Festival as School Operations Coordinator where she exercised her administrative muscles. 

Carrasco received a BFA in Contemporary Dance from University of North Carolina School of the Arts and a MFA from The Ohio State University (OSU). She is grateful to have studied with Bebe Miller, Susan Rethorst, Jennifer Nugent and Ishmael Houston-Jones, among others. At Brockport, she teaches contemporary modern, composition, improvisation, and dance theory, and continues to create new works in academic and professional settings.  

 Besides with making dances, Carrasco loves iced coffee, anything outdoors, over-sized art books, and time with her partner, new born daughter, and fur-babies.  

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Sam Wentz

Originally from North Dakota, Sam started his professional training at Idyllwild Arts Academy (’06), received his BFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts (’09), and was awarded the Teaching Fellowship as an MFA candidate at Bennington College (’16).  He has worked with the Trisha Brown Dance Company (2009-14), Wally Cardona & Jennifer Lacey, Mark Morris, Gerald Casel, Jmy James Kidd and Christopher Williams. He has taught master classes, nationally and internationally, in contemporary technique and repertory. He’s taught at places such as: P.A.R.T.S. (BE), U.W. Seattle, U.W. Milwaukee, U.C. Berkeley, U.A. Tucson, as well as teaching regular classes for the Trisha Brown Dance Company. His class is influenced by his studies with Barbara Mahler, Gerald Casel, and the work of Trisha Brown.  Sam joined the Faculty at Cal Arts Dept. of Dance in Fall 2018.