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 14 years. She has worked as a Movement Director/Choreographer for global artists, brands & companies including Estée Lauder, Vidal Sassoon, Grammy award-winning electronic artist ZHU and Katie Grand's "LOVE" Magazine. Her multidisciplinary work has been performed at venues throughout New York City & Los Angeles 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 is dedicated to bringing dance further into the public ream, diversifying the field, broadening access and creating more pathways for young dancers to pursue dance as a sustainable career. www.rappaportdance.com @zoe.rappaport

annalise gehling, social media ASSISTANT

Annalise Gehling is a Los Angeles based dancer, choreographer & movement director. A versatile performer with a background in dance, choreography, acting, and vocal training, Annalise is a lifelong student of the artistic process, invigorated by the thoughtful curiosity and passion that shapes a performance. Annalise graduated with a BA in Dance magna cum Laude and a minor in Theatre Arts from Loyola Marymount University in 2020. She is grateful to have received the Annette Simons Theatre and Dance Scholarship for her dedication and achievements in performance during her time at LMU. While there, Annalise discovered her interest in multidisciplinary art as a means to revealing the intimacies of human experience. This led her to direct, choreograph, produce, and co-write a dance film titled “Dark Circles - In All Our Dirt and Glory”, an investigation into the ways trauma manifests in the body and the nonlinear process of healing that occurs after a traumatic event. Annalise believes dance has the capacity to infect people with love - for ourselves, for the body, for deep interpersonal connection, for freedom, for authentic expression. Annalise believes everyone is a mover, and through teaching dance, arts advocacy, and sharing stories through movement she works to give dance the platform to facilitate lasting change on both an individual and global level.