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Get to know Dancer and Aerial Yoga Teacher Sarah Sadie Newett

You know we love to share what our professional network is up to.  Meet another member, Sarah Sadie Newett.  She’s a lovely dancer and yoga teacher who works with aerial silks and makes it look effortless.  Here are the details:


Sarah Sadie Newett has devoted her life to studying, creating, performing and teaching movement. She grew up in coastal Maine dancing, acting and performing before moving to Boston to pursue her BFA in Dance/Theater from Emerson College. As a student she performed in numerous rep works including David Dorfman, inFlux Dance, Ego Art inc and Snappy Dance Theater as well as choreographing her own works along side faculty members at The Majestic Theatre and graduating Magna Cum Laude.

In 2009 she moved to New York to further pursue her love of dance.   Forever interested in the science of movement, she became certified in YogaWorks and Power Pilates and has over 500 hours of training in the AUM Mind and Body Curriculum at Studio Anya. Her studies at Anya have largely influenced her creativity, teaching, moving styles and investigation of grace in day to day life.

In the past three years she has performed as a dancer and aerialist at Galapagos Art Space, Lincoln Center, Dixon Place, Triskellion Arts, The Whitney and The Box amongst others. She’s had the honor to work with Movement Workshop Group, Emily Faulkner, Grounded Aerial, Melinda Ring, Eva Dean Dance, Teresa Felion/BodyStories and create film projects with Brian Gonzalez/Taxiplasm and Contaminate NYC.

Sarah recently starred in the film Les Etoiles (release date pending) and is having a fabulous Aerial Silks workshop this coming weekend on March 10th at OM yoga.  Go here to sign up, it’s a perfect event for complete beginners!

Music to Move You: You Should Be Dancing

Sometimes, whether we’re talking about working out or doing a restorative movement practice the real challenge lies in finding the motivation to get off our asses.  No judgement!  It’s hard to fit it all in, especially when working hard, taking care of partners and children; it seems like there’s never any time left for ourselves.  That’s why it is so invariably essential to make and take that time.  Our attitudes about reconnecting with ourselves in a physical way needs to change.  Instead of setting up the workout or yoga practice before you as something to get done with we should look to each opportunity to move as an opportunity to spend fun time with ourselves.  So maybe start off dancing. That’s fun (for most of us). It’s a great motivator and warm up.  Today’s selection preaches just that.

Long live the Bee Gees!  Be grateful for everything your body does for you.  You’ve been gifted an extraordinarily sophisticated machine to go about navigating the world.  You Should Be Dancing!

When it Feels Impossible Dance Anyways

So many times we are disappointed with how our physical bodies perform or look.  Discouragement and frustration can ruin a great work out.  Defeat can be the poison one suffers from in a yoga practice.  We’re human and these moments are normal.  So it can be helpful to draw inspiration from seeing others triumph over their physical challenges.  It’s in that spirit that we present this video.  The final production is quite stunning and beautiful to see.  But what you should really take away from this piece is that these are performers who suffer from extreme phyiscial handicaps. Yet, they have found a way to overcome them, form new and innovative relationships with their bodies to express through dance despite incredible challenges.  You’ll see the blind stepping in time and unison driven by the sound of their canes.  Deaf dancers standing near speakers to feel the vibrations of the music they must interpret.  The truly inspiring way one boy is able to work and dance with no arms.

This isn’t to belittle whatever challenge you are facing.  Even if it is not as extreme as blindness or a missing limb watching this can help you to find hope in the face of difficulties.  And if your challenge is as difficult as being deaf or missing a part of your body than the lesson is the same:

If you live in the mindset of possibilities then what seems insurmountable in one moment can become manageable the next.  We had a blog post recently all about that.  Read about how your brain and attitude can really dictate how well you do in any situation, but especially when working with the body.  Stop being your own worst enemy.  What you do and how well you do it is up to you!