Teachers at the Old Town School

Sara K. Schneider

Dance & Movement - Yoga

Dr. Sara K. Schneider received her undergraduate education at Yale and trained at New York University in Performance Studies, the nexus of cross-cultural studies and arts theories and practices. An artist and social scientist, and the author of Vital Mummies: Performance Design for the Show-Window Mannequin, Concert Song as Seen: Kinesthetic Aspects of Musical Interpretation, and most recently Art of Darkness: Ingenious Performances by Undercover Operators, Con Men, and Others, Schneider has written extensively on the meaning of the body in expressive and material culture. She currently directs the Center for Bodylore and Learning, linking education about global physical cultures and somatic practices with the professional development of teachers, healthcare professionals, law enforcement, and clergy. Her workshop, “The Song of the Body: Global Physical Expressions toward the Sacred,” has been invited back to Esalen Institute in Big Sur in February, 2010. A professor of Interdisciplinary Studies in the National College of Education at National-Louis University in Chicago, Schneider has also taught and consulted at the forefront of learning innovation projects at the University of Washington and Andersen Consulting. She founded and served as artistic director of the experimental theatre company Chaparral in New York; has taught acting, directing, and performance theory and directed shows at universities and colleges across the country; and consults on behavior and experience design, helping organizations use rehearsal skills to achieve their strategic goals. As a performance anthropologist, she has traveled and conducted field research in Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, with the Tibetan exile community in northern India, and with practitioners of an indigenous martial art, kalarippayattu, in South India. In addition to practicing and teaching yoga, she is active in the world dance and music communities. She is an energetic, playful, and encouraging yoga teacher for students at all levels.

Education: YALE UNIVERSITY: B.A. (cum laude), English. NEW YORK UNIVERSITY: M.A. & Ph.D. (with distinction), Performance Studies.

Started at the Old Town School in January of 2007

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