SARAH ELGART, FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
sarah elgart, founder/ARTISTIC & executive director
Sarah Elgart is a Los Angeles based choreographer and director working under the auspice of Sarah Elgart | Arrogant Elbow. Sarah creates original content for stage, screen, and site-specific venues. Her stage and site-works have been performed at alternative spaces including LAX Airport, The Skirball Center, Mark Taper Forum, Van Nuys Flyaway, The Bradbury Building, Jacob’s Pillow, INSITU Site- Specific Festival NY, and Loft Seven, where she created a rooftop work lit entirely by a hovering helicopter accompanied by Nels Cline (Wilco). Her work has been produced by venues including The Music Center, MASS MoCA, Dance Place, Los Angeles Theater Center, Mark Taper Forum and The International Women’s Theater Festival. In film Sarah has worked with noted directors including JJ Abrams, David Lynch, Catherine Hardwicke, and Anton Corbijn. Her own films include award-winning music videos, dance shorts, and an Emmy nominated PSA, and continue to be accepted into festivals internationally. In addition to teaching dance and film, Sarah writes a regular column, ScreenDance Diaries that focuses on the intersections of both genres internationally for online magazine Cultural Weekly.
Sarah’s work has received support from organizations that include the Rockefeller Foundation, the NEA, City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department, California Arts Council and more. She is an alumna of the Sundance Institute’s Dance Film Lab, a Fellow of AFI’s Directing Women’s Workshop, and a director member of the DGA. www.sarahelegart.com @arrogantelbow
zoe rappaport, CREATIVE producer
Zoe Rappaport is a movement director, choreographer & creative producer based in Los Angeles and New York. Working with world-renowned choreographers by the time she was 18 years old, Zoe's diverse and versatile background as a professional dancer has led her to work with some of the top names in live production, tv/film, editorial, fashion, commercial, content creation and site-specific work over the last 15 years. She has worked as a Movement Director/Choreographer for global artists & luxury brands including Estée Lauder, Vidal Sassoon, Grammy award-winning electronic artist ZHU and "LOVE" Magazine. Her multidisciplinary work has been performed throughout NY & LA and her debut dance film "Unspoken Words" was selected to be featured in Dance Magazine. As an interdisciplinary artist, Zoe has worked across many fields & platforms behind-the-scenes from fashion shows for Hermés to television shows like So You Think You Can Dance and America's Got Talent. Grounded in the belief that movement was born to bring people together and communicate beyond words, Zoe's work aims to grow & expand the audience for dance by bringing movement further into unexpected spaces, broadening access, creating more pathways to pursue dance as a sustainable career —
and thus, elevating the field as a whole.
LAM NGUYEN, D2D AMBASSADOR
SonLam Nguyen was born and raised in Vietnam and moved to the United States in his early twenties. Utilizing 12 years of experience in Popping training in his approach to Contemporary, Lam creates emotive movement patterns by challenging himself physically with intricate, tension and entanglement. From winning So You Think You Can Dance Vietnam season 3 to performing at Jacob’s Pillow to placing 2nd in the Nation in RedBull Dance Your Style, SonLam Nguyen continuously
explores his capacity in movement expression. Lam sites the purpose of his dance work as embracing acceptance and generating curiosity.
TADHI ALAWI, D2D AMBASSADOR
Alawi Saidi, known as “Tadhi”, is a Tanzanian Performing Artist, Choreographer and Yoga instructor. He is the co-founder and creative director of Nantea Dance Company based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Tadhi has been instrumental in building a platform for contemporary dance in Dar es Salaam while his own award-winning work as a choreographer and dancer is becoming globally recognized. His vision is to portray different forms of beauty as a means of creating a positive impact and contributing to the development of Tanzania’s Arts Scene.
"My roots lay in Tanzania’s Makonde-tribe. It is one of the strongest tribes which is based in southern Tanzania… a tribe rich in a variety of dances. I believe that being a dancer is partly because of the spirits that I carry within me as a heritage."